Excavations of Pompeii, discovered a land turtle with its egg: intact after two thousand years

“We are used to thinking of Pompeii only as a monument with its remains, mosaics, frescoes. In reality it was a city like all those we know, very lively and therefore made up of women, men but also animals, plants, magnificent gardens, that is a complex landscape, therefore a real ecosystem… ». The director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, is very satisfied. Pompeii continues to offer extraordinary cultural surprises that are not only spectacular but also scientifically intriguing. The remains of a land tortoise, a tortoise, with its and egg kept in the carapace, were found in a shop in via dell’Abbondanza. It is exactly the testimony, as the director Zuchtriegel says, of the vast ecosystem of Pompeii, also composed of natural traces. A precious archaeological clue to the last phase of the city’s life, after a violent earthquake in 62 AD and before the eruption of 79 AD

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June 24, 2022 – Updated June 24, 2022, 2:56 pm


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