Pre-Roman Tomb in Pompeii
A rare pre-Roman tomb has been unearthed in Pompeii, shedding new light on life at the site in the fourth century BC.
The tomb dates to the time of the Samnites, an Italic people living in south-central Italy who fought against the Romans. It was found by surprise during a dig led by an archaeological team from the Jean Bèrard center in Naples.
The tomb contains the remains of an adult woman, and has survived for more than two millennia without ever being disturbed or broken into. Seemingly, the Romans knew of the tomb’s presence and did not disturb the site or build on it before life in the city was wiped out, and frozen in time, in 79 AD.
The contents of the tomb will provide useful clues for scholars about the history of the site under the Samnites.