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REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES AT POMPEII.

Tho eighteenth hundredth anniversary ; of tho destruction of Pompreii has been : celebrated by a groat gathering from all | parts of Europe, and after some introductory speeches men w r ero set to work to opicn up several parts of the buried city, A correspondent of the “ Times” says it is impassible to describe the intense expectation on every face as the first pricks struck the ground, or tho scene around each pfiaco to be excavated. Crowds were pressing round every opi cuing ; pieopile were picrched all along the tops of tire broken walls to the imminent pieril of their limbs,- and groups ware thickly gathered along the higher nnexcavatcd level and on every other point of vantage. Each room to be excavated had been cleared of the upper falling-in, leaving about 4ft. to be removed. The indications given by the preparatory work in one of the larger rooms having been particularly favorable, I took my station there, and witnessed in the course of three hours, as the various objects peeped forth from the scoria one by one and ware taken up, such a revelation as I shall never forgot. For the first five minutes there was a breathless silence as tho men worked ; then, as the scoria fell away, part of a green object became visible. In a moment the workmen’s hands had cleared the space around it, and amid deafening cheers a small bronze horse, nine inches in length, was held aloft. Then a largo amphora appeared ; then two bronze vases, one with handles ; then a largo iron key, and as each in turn was lifted high for all to see, “ Bone, bene !” hurst in a chorus of hearty satisfaction from the people. A list, with the briefest description of the things which then followad in rapid succession, would fill a column. There ware at least a dozen bronze vases of different shapes, sizes, and uses, with or without handles, and in one a number of bronze coins oxpxlised together, and many other coins ware found at intervals during tho excavation. There ware many handsome bronze fibula, several bronze bracelets, a number of rings, many terracotta vases, tazzo, and ampilioraj, and a remarkable number of little terra-cotta water cupis for bird cages, various kitchen utensils, a sprit, forks and knives of iron, a bronze bottle, a number of little bronze bells, a dagger with ivory handle, a bronze casserole, and a terracotta money-box. After these and many more objects, of which trayful after trayful was carried away, had been taken out, a mass of black material appeared, which, falling to pieces, piroved on examination to bcT beans ; then a quantity of millet and hemp seeds, with considerable remains of the sacks which had contained them, the carbonised w r ood of grain bins and of a barrel with iron hoops, and great masses of the beams of tho upper floor, sufficiently solid, hut entirely carbonised like charcoal. Among these remains a splendid candelabrum was come upion, but its tall, slender, fluted stem was broken. In short, from noon till three o’clock a continued succession of objects were revealed, almost more rapidly than I could note them down. Tho more names and briefest memoranda filled sixteen pages in a largo note book. Some .of tho rooms revealed nothing, others a few bronze and terracotta vessels ; but in one room a skeleton was found, and in the smallest chamber opened, four were discovered huddled together.

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REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES AT POMPEII., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 45, 8 January 1880

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REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES AT POMPEII. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 45, 8 January 1880

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