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3D Modelling Reveals the Beauty of Pompeii Before Its Destruction

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Steven Kopicko

By combining archaeology with 3D computer modelling, European researchers have digitally reconstructed a house in Pompeii, showing how lavish and colourful these structures truly were before they were destroyed by a catastrophic volcanic eruption.

When we try to conjure images of the ancient city of Pompeii, we often think about the stark and tortured casts left over from one of Europe s worst natural disasters.

Over 1,000 people were killed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, destroying several Roman settlements.

As a new 3D reconstruction from researchers at the University of Lind in Sweden reveals, this ancient civilisation had an eye for architecture and interior design.

The reconstruction includes a large house that belonged to a wealthy man named Caecilius Lucundus.

From 2011 to 2012, Italian archaeologists excavated and scanned the remains of a well-preserved city district buried after the disaster.

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