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iconnumber posted 07-18-2005 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this article, sadly without pictures, and thought it might be one to look forward to. Sometimes it is helpful to realize the antiquity of our subject.

Archaeologists Unveil Treasure From Ancient Pompeii
The Associated Press
Published: Jul 18, 2005

ROME (AP) - Decorated cups and fine silver platters were once again polished and on display Monday as archaeologists unveiled an ancient Roman dining set that lay hidden for two millennia in the volcanic ash of Pompeii.

In 2000, archaeologists found a wicker basket containing the silverware in the ruins of a thermal bath near the remains of the Roman city, said Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, head of Pompeii's archaeological office.

The basket was filled with the volcanic ash that buried the city when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. When experts X-rayed it, they saw the objects preserved in the ash, which killed thousands of people but kept the town almost intact, providing precious information on domestic life in the ancient world.

Experts have spent the last five years extracting and restoring the 20 pieces of silver that were left behind by their owners as they fled the eruption, Guzzo said as he presented the treasure to authorities and the media in Rome.

During the following months, researchers will study the set and hope to learn more about the city's economic status at the time of its destruction, Guzzo said.

The pieces will then go on display in 2006 at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, 18 miles north of Pompeii, he said.

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iconnumber posted 07-20-2005 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new article with a small picture is available at:

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iconnumber posted 07-20-2005 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very impressive - thankfully they weren't melted by the hot gasses that accompanied the eruption.

Maybe BBC will do a documentary?

Thanks for posting it.

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iconnumber posted 11-13-2005 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Friends,
I don't know if there is much interest in ancient silver; personally, I find it fascinating.
Here are two books that might be of interest.
Strong, D.E. Greek and Roman Gold and Silver Plate, Metheun & Co., Ltd., London, 1966
Oliver, A. Jr. & Luckner, K.T. Silver for the Gods, 800 Years of Greek and Roman Silver, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1977. This is a very nice exhibition catalogue.


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iconnumber posted 12-16-2005 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Sorry for not responding sooner. Wow, that's a really interesting article. Thanks for posting it.

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