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Swedish archaeologists return from Pompeii

TT/The Local · 6 Jan 2011, 10:46

Published: 06 Jan 2011 10:46 GMT+01:00

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Scientists from Lund University have been on location in Italy since the year 2000, excavating and studying a city block.

"It's gone amazingly well. We wanted to understand life in this town, where big and small lived side by side," research manager Anne-Marie Leander Touati told the TT news agency.

The research project started out as a rescue mission. Following a large earthquake in 1980, large parts of the excavated ruins risked destruction.

Pompeii's city antiquarian called for help. Several teams put in efforts, and in the year 2000 the turn passed to Sweden's research team.

Over the years on the spot, six researchers and around sixty students have participated in the excavation of, among other things, three large buildings, an inn and a garden. Several discoveries have been made. Only this fall, four completely intact windows were unearthed, over 2000 years old.

The most unexpected discovery, however, was considerably older. In 2004, the team found an arrowhead dated to the Bronze Age.

"Nobody thought there were humans in Pompeii that early", said Anne-Marie Leander Touati.

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The research project will end with an exhibition at Millesgården, a museum in Stockholm. The exhibition is planned to open in 2012.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:38 January 6, 2011 by voiceofreason
How much did it cost to dig up the past. Would it not better investing it in the future.
20:20 January 6, 2011 by Uggla
We learn from our past which in turn better prepares us for the future. What is knowledge without understanding?
00:42 January 7, 2011 by einsteins monkey
i would also like to know how much this 10-year project cost... we should all try to bury ourselves in interesting ways, so future taxpayers can pay to have us dug up, studied, perhaps put on display somewhere, then tourists will come, and journalists will write about it... we owe it to the amusement and livelihood of future generations to bury ourselves in scientifically and socially valuable ways! ...or that time and money could have gone to medical research and care... but who cares about sick people... the sooner they die, the sooner the next generation can dig them up and put them on display... i don't give a rat's arse about a window frame in a dirt pile. i would rather my tax money have gone to buy some extra coffee for all the poor old people who have their's rationed in the system. who's recording their stories? shame! shame! shame!
06:09 January 7, 2011 by UScitizen
Hey Einstein! (s monkey),

What are you doing, personally, to help your countrymen? Do you ever give a homeless person money? Do you volunteer to help in any way? Do you donate anything to the missions who raise money to help the poor? Or do you think that by paying taxes, you've done your part? If that's what you think, you're wrong. Try helping someone today, yourself. And get involved in politics if you want a change. That's the only way.
08:48 January 7, 2011 by Rebel
Did they confirm that a volcano was involved in the destruction of the city yet?
11:29 January 7, 2011 by RobinHood
I agree with #1 and #3. Let's do away with the "shame" of archaeology. And let's rid ourselves of wasteful art, music and literature at the same time.

Light a fire in the centre of Stockholm where we can bring our books, art and the contents of our museums and burn them. Then we can all really focus on voiceofreason's investment in the future, and einsteins monkey's increased coffee rations for poor people.
17:58 January 8, 2011 by miss79
@Uscitizen .. thumbs up!
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