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Herculaneum today

Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town. It was completely destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius[1][2] on 24 August, 79 AD.[1][3] Herculaneum was covered by volcanic mud during the eruption, which quickly hardened to a semi-rock material.[4] Herculaneum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Claudia, Coverso (2000) (in English). Herculaneum: Civilisation and Art. Monaco Press. p. 4. ISBN 9788881801442 .
  2. Dickson, Iain. "Herculaneum". Roman Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata". UNESCO. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  4. "Erculaneum". Hotel Onda Verde. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
This article is about a World Heritage Site