New Room Unearthed at Pompeii

June 14, 2024

Two thousand years ago, someone looked at it for the last time. Now we’re the first ones to look at it again.

Director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, referring to the discovery of a sacred room unearthed at Pompeii for the first time. Painted with blue walls, the space displays significant wealth for the time period.

Why It Matters: Volcanic debris covered the preserved ancient Roman city of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago. Unearthed in the 1700s, Pompeii has since served as an important Greco-Roman archaeological site frozen in time. This week, archeologists announced the recent discovery of a room that has been interpreted as a sacrarium, a shrine devoted to ritual activities and the storage of sacred objects. The sacred space is painted blue, unique in that blue needed to be imported from Egypt and/or the greater eastern Mediterranean area at the time. Pompeii director Zuchtriegel explained how the room communicated, “I can afford something which is not everybody’s capacity.”

Read More: Rare and expensive blue shrine unearthed in Pompeii after almost 2,000 years (NBC News)

Photo Credit: Italy’s Ministry of Culture / Instagram

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas