|A topographical carte-de-visite showing a view of Herculaneum, the ancient Roman town near Naples, famous for having been destroyed, along with Pompeii, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. It was long thought that nearly all of the inhabitants of the town managed to escape the eruption, because initial excavations revealed only a few skeletons. It wasn't until 1982, when the excavations reached boat houses in the area of the beach, that this view changed. In 12 boat houses archaeologists discovered a total of 250 skeletons huddled close together.
Although unidentified on this particular copy, the negative number and the typeface of the caption in the band below the image both indicate that the photographer is Giorgio Sommer of Naples.
A pencilled inscription on the reverse of the mount reads Herculaneum Naples / 1874.
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