Dating methods of pompeii
It stands on a spur formed by a lava flow to the north of the mouth of the Sarno River (known in ancient times as the Sarnus).
The artefacts preserved provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of the city.
It had already been used as a safe port by Greek and Phoenician sailors.
According to Strabo, Pompeii was also captured by the Etruscans, and recent excavations have shown the presence of Etruscan inscriptions and a 6th-century BC necropolis.
Other houses provide details concerning professions and categories, such as for the "laundry" workers (Fullones).
Wine jars have been found bearing what is apparently the world's earliest known marketing pun (technically a blend), Vesuvinum (combining Vesuvius and the Latin for wine, vinum).
The castellum in Pompeii is well preserved, and includes many details of the distribution network and its controls.