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Raw clay pots from workshop in Pompeii discovered

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Pompeii, October 28 - Archaeologists say they have
found the remains of dozens of pieces of pottery in their raw
clay form in what was once a ceramics workshop near ancient
Pompeii's Herculaneum gate.
The vessels, sealed under ash from the fiery eruption of
Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, have been catalogued for study by
scholars interested in the daily life of Pompeii, including
numerous artisanal workshops.
The office of Italy's superintendent of archaeology is
working on the project in collaboration with scholars at the
Centre Jean Bérard and École Française de Rome.
The find has been called "surprising" and provides more
insights into daily life in the city of Pompeii just before
disaster struck, preserving the entire ancient city in ash.
The clay vessels, which were to be used as drink or food
containers, are the result of work just outside the ancient city
walls near the Herculaneum gate where it is believed workshops
and even cemeteries were located.
The furnace was discovered in 1838 and the space nearby is
believed to be a working room for creating pottery and described
as important to the understanding of ceramic techniques of the
period.
In a separate workshop, two furnaces were found and are
also thought to have been used for producing fine ceramics with
thin surfaces.
Archaeologists continue to uncover significant finds at
Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the European Union
has devoted 105 million euros for a major restoration program
called the Great Pompeii Project.
The Italian government has said it faces "a national
challenge" to make the most of that money to safeguard the
unique site that has faced numerous environmental and political
threats over the years.
In April, for example, heavy rains led to several reports
of collapsed walls, soon after UNESCO warned that the
miraculously preserved ancient city could "completely fall
apart" and lose its world heritage status unless urgent action
was taken.

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