Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city in the Campania region of Italy. Researchers believe that the town Pompeii was founded in the seventh or sixth century BC. The volcanic eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599. These days Italian and French archaeologists have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of Pompeii. The skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop near the ancient Roman town when Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered it in ash. Three gold coins and a necklace’s pendant were scattered among the bones. In the workshop was an oven which archaeologists think might have been used to make bronze objects.
The excavation of that and a second ancient shop started in May 2016 near a necropolis in the Herculaneum port area. Archaeologists are puzzling over what kind of business the second shop did. It features a circular well accessible by a spiral staircase and dug out of the terrain. There was evidence the shop had been ransacked by clandestine diggers after the eruption, presumably on the hunt for treasures buried under the ashes.