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The boat of Heeculaneum

The well preserved fishing boat was found in 1984 during the excavations of the beach. It was totally carbonized form the Vesuvius eruption of the year 79 AD. Suddenly after the discovery was patiently restaured and consolidated by italian specialists in the presevatin of the ancient wood. This extraordaniry find is now displayed in a museum next to the archaeological site. Unfortunately, the museum is only occasionally open becaus of the luck of fundings.

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An ancient harbour brought to light in the center of Naples

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The realization of the Line 1 of Naples underground allowed the reconstruction of the landscape, the topography and the functions of the coast between the sites of Partenope and Neapolis.
The station of Piazza Municipio stands inside an ancient creek, that used to stretch out on a tuff promontory from Castel Nuovo to the Ferry station and the area around the Church di Santa Maria di Porto Salvo.
In the Piazza Municipio have been brought to light the I century A.C. ruins of an harbour (whose deepest seabed are notched by dredgings datable between the end of the IV century and the second half of the III century B.C.) with a quay in calcareous rock supported by wooden poles, perpendicular to the coastline, along which were abandoned two boats ( shipwreck A and C) and a third one (shipwreck B) of the end of the II and beginning of the III century A.C. At the beginning of the V century A.C., the harbor basin became swampy; the piazza Municipio, during the Middle Ages, was characterized by the presence of house ruins around the Castel Nuovo, destroyed at the beginning of the 16th century for the construction of bastions.

By http://www.incampania.com

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Piazza Municipio map

Piazza Municipio map

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