One of the holiday season's most surprising holiday gifts is an unexpected glimpse into the past. Archaeologists working to uncover ancient Rome's lost city of Pompeii made a stunning find at the "Regio V" dig site: A largely intact thermopolium , or what is essentially a street food stand. Complete with elaborate frescos, graffiti scrawls, traces of ancient food, and human remains. It's been described as quite a find. Archaeological discoveries don't often pop with as much vibrant color and detail as you see here, and the fact that most of the stand remains intact makes the discovery that much more exciting.
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The bodies of 21 German soldiers entombed in a perfectly preserved World War One shelter have been discovered 94 years after they were killed. The men were part of a larger group of 34 who were buried alive when a huge Allied shell exploded above the tunnel in , causing it to cave in. Thirteen bodies were recovered from the underground shelter, but the remaining men had to be left under a mountain of mud as it was too dangerous to retrieve them. Nearly a century later, French archaeologists stumbled upon the mass grave on the former Western Front in eastern France during excavation work for a road-building project. Many of the skeletal remains were found in the same positions the men had been in at the time of the collapse, prompting experts to liken the scene to Pompeii. A number of the soldiers were discovered sitting upright on a bench, one was lying in his bed and another was in the foetal position having been thrown down a flight of stairs. As well as the bodies, poignant personal effects such as boots, helmets, weapons, wine bottles, spectacles, wallets, pipes, cigarette cases and pocketbooks were also found.
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A selection of erotic art from the ancient Roman city of Pompeii is going on public show for the first time in three decades in nearby Naples today. In the nineteenth century, the collection was considered to be pornographic, and it was locked away on the grounds that it might corrupt public morals. It consists of about two-hundred-and-fifty objects, including wall-paintings, sculptures, items of jewellery and household objects. Many of them are decorated with explicit depictions of sexual acts.
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