Secrets of Vesuvius: Exploring the Mysteries of an Ancient Buried City by Sara C. BiselRe-read this book for the first time since I read it over and over as a girl. Loved every word, and I love how Bisel works in the fictional story of Petronia, the young slave girl who dies after fleeing to the sea with her mistresss child. Its a story thats rich with detail, and Bisel cuts in with chapters explaining the times, the volcanos explosion, and what the archaeologists discovered about the histories of each person unearthed in the volcanic rubble.
Interestingly enough, now that Im an adult and read more complex books, I realized that Bisel must have named Petronia for the slave woman in Herculaneum who petitioned the courts for her freedom, records of which were inexplicably preserved by the volcano. One wonders if she got it, in the end.
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The modern city sits on top of the detritus of its predecessor cities, arching back into time almost three millennia. Buildings rested on other buildings, roofs became foundations as each layer of the city was successively covered up, gradually morphing into the complex archeological layer cake that is modern Rome. Ancient Rome was built around seven hills. The crests of which were typically reserved for important public buildings, a function they still serve today. Many such buildings are built on the ruins of their Roman predecessors. It is in the valleys between these storied hills that life in ancient Rome occurred. Unlike the hill tops, however, which still tower over the city as they did in antiquity, the valleys have accumulated a steady layer of debris—the product of erosion from the same hills, the sediment left by periodic flooding of the Tiber and the garbage that was the inevitable byproduct of civilization, then and now.
It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! How do things get buried in dirt over thousands of years? How come archaeological ruins are always underground? Well, firstly, we build over them more often than not, and secondly, it does in fact, rain dirt from the sky. Well, it rains dust, and seeds that will grow into plants, that will die and form dirt.
Archaeologists find ancient civilizations underground. How did they get covered? Is our current ground level higher than it was in the past? With certain notable exceptions, such as Pompeii, only abandoned fragments of past civilizations were buried by natural forces. People migrated and disseminated, leaving unwanted structures behind.
Sep 11, Archaeologists find ancient civilizations underground. How did they get covered? Other fragments are sometimes found under modern cities, where earlier inhabitants slowly So they were purposely buried by humans.
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By Luis Villazon. Humans steal the best bits to reuse in other buildings, and erosion wears everything else to dust. So the only ancient ruins we find are the ones that were buried. But they got buried in the first place because the ground level of ancient cities tended to steadily rise. Settlements constantly imported food and building materials for the population, but getting rid of waste and rubbish was a much lower priority. New houses were built on top of the ruins of old ones because hauling away rubble was labour intensive and it was much easier to simply spread it out and build straight on top. Rivers periodically flooded and added a layer of silt, while in dry regions the wind was constantly blowing in sand and dust.
Help Forgot Password? Remember Me? Home Articles What's New? Results 1 to 20 of Ruins and How They End Up Buried This might seem like a really strange question to ask but I'm hoping somewhere out there has an Archaeological background or even just a History fan who knows the answer. Anyways what I've long wondered is just how ruins get buried underground?