In October 2018 a group of archaeologists in the ruins of ancient Pompeii huddled around what appeared to be a brand new discovery. But what made them so sure? After all, this Italian region is known within specialist circles for the many unique artifacts that it has produced over the years. Yet a number of experts have since lauded this particular find as being notably exceptional.
Even before this discovery, though, Pompeii had already gained a reputation as a location that paints a vivid picture of life in ancient Rome. Over the decades, of course, numerous artifacts have been excavated from the site – not to mention sets of perfectly preserved human remains. And instances of graffiti have also served to illustrate the everyday language once spoken by the city’s inhabitants.