If you ever wondered what life was like in ancient Rome, a visit to Pompeii will give you a deeper understanding of daily life. Located outside of Naples, the bustling town was preserved after being buried under volcanic ash during the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Thanks to Roman archaeologist Steven Ellis, it’s possible to preview the archeological site without having to step foot on an airplane. The quick drone video does a fly by through one of Pompeii’s main thoroughfares, sweeping up for a glimpse of the ominous volcano.
If you’re curious about the raised blocks that appear on the stone road, they actually served a practical purpose. In Pompeii, the streets functioned as drainage channels and a sewage system. The blocks allowed pedestrians to cross the road while keeping themselves clean, and the raised stones have just enough space so that carts and carriages could pass unencumbered.
Since Pompeii was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, there have been concerns about its state of conservation. Its enormous size coupled with a myriad of problems related to weather deterioration, vandalism, and a lack of funding for conservation have raised red flags. In fact, the site has been at risk of landing on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger list. Luckily, there are many Italian and international organizations, such as the Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Project, that are working to keep the site in good condition.
Bringing our Pompeii excavation to publication has been hard, really hard. But maybe our drone video of our neighborhood conveys something of the scale and complexity. #Pompeii #archaeology #fieldwork #drone @ClassicsUC @DJIGlobal pic.twitter.com/auEpfZ5u5Y
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllis74) August 3, 2018
h/t: [Laughing Squid]