Archeological Evidence

Herculaneum was an ancient town destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that began on August 24th, 79 AD.  Other cities completely lost include Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplontis. Herculaneum may go back as far as the 6th Century BC.  Its name is associated with the...

Historical Significance Pompeii was founded in the late 7th Century BC by the Oscan tribe – a native Italian people.  Apparently built for defensive purposes, the Oscans selected the area due to the steep volcanic slopes.   Within a century or so, the Greeks occupied the area....