Photo: Parco Archeologico di Pompei
Archaeologists working on excavations of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii found a layer of ash a cache of amulets. This publication reports Live Science.
The artifacts were found in a ruined wooden box in one room of the House garden — the excavation site in Pompeii. Although the box itself has rotted for two thousand years after the eruption, the surrounding volcanic material retained its shape.
Researchers have unearthed pieces of glass engraved with images of Dionysus, the Greek God of wine and fertility, and a dancing Satyr. Other amulets carved skulls, phallic symbols, scarabs and Harpocrates, the Greek version of the Egyptian deity Gardenroute, which among the Greeks was the God of silence.
In addition, archaeologists have found glass beads, two mirrors and precious stones, including amethyst with the figure of the female figure and carnelian with an image of a craftsman. Scientists have noted that the quality of carving is very high, so the owners of the artifacts were most likely wealthy people. According to researchers, amulets have been used as decoration or for protection against failures.
The catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius occurred in 79 ad. Pompeii was destroyed by pyroclastic flows and the ruins and remains of people were buried under a thick layer of ash.
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