CRETAN WINE AMPHORAE DISCOVERED AT POMPEII

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Archaeologists working in the Roman city of Pompeii have uncovered a stash of beautifully preserved wine amphorae that have lain undisturbed for almost 2,000 years.

The wine amphorae are part of a raft of new discoveries at the famous southern Italian site and the first in 20 years.

Their discovery was something of a “happy accident” according to the director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, because they were found while restoration and preservation work was taking place.

Uncovered behind the Schola Armaturarum – the famous House of the Gladiators – (which partially collapsed in 2010), the 15 amphorae discovered in total would have contained a variety of products but going by past discoveries and their distinctive shape a good number are certainly from Crete and would have contained sweet Cretan wine, which was highly prized by the Romans.

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