Pompeii and Herculaneum:

How they can help us understand Roman Britain

For nearly 400 years, much of England, including what is now Cambridgeshire, was part of the Roman Empire. In 79 AD, soon after Britannia became part of that Empire, Mount Vesuvius erupted about a thousand miles away, covering the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and lava. This terrible disaster left an unparalleled archaeological record of life in these two Roman towns.

Archaeologists and researchers are still working to uncover information about Herculaneum and Pompeii - including what the Roman inhabitants ate, how they lived, how they interacted with other cultures, and how they died. The knowledge gained has also shed much light on life in Roman Britain, and by exploring what remains of Pompeii we can glimpse what life was like in Britannia at that time.

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