Painted Murals And Frescoes Inside A Room At The Ancient Roman Ruins At Herculaneum (Ercolano), Campania, Italy
Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the commune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is famous as one of the few ancient cities that can now be seen in much of its original splendour, as well as for having been lost, along with Pompeii, Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 that buried it. Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons which were surprisingly discovered in recent years along the seashore as it was thought until then that the town had been evacuated by the inhabitants.
Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii, possessing an extraordinary density of fine houses with, for example, far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding.
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Miles M.14A Hawk Trainer Mk.3 G-ANWO
Miles M.14A Hawk Trainer 3 G-ANWO (msn 7183). Previously L8262 with the Royal Air Force. Withdrawn from use after an accident at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 21 April 1962. G-ANWO is currently preserved at the Newark Air Museum. Date: 1950s-1960s
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Footprints and skeleton of Lucy
Footprints and skeleton of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). The fossilised bones of the A. afarensis specimen known as Lucy are superimposed over footprints made by the same species. A. afarensis was a bipedal human-like primate (hominid) that lived in Africa 3.9-3 million years ago. Lucy's skeleton was found in Ethiopia in 1974 and is thought to be 3.3 million years old. The footprints are from the Laetoli site in Tanzania, where a line of A. afarensis footprints are preserved in volvanic ash. They were discovered in 1976.
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