Archeologists find street of balconies in Italy's Pompeii
Archeologists inspect excavation works in the archaeological site of Pompeii, Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Ciro Fusco /ANSA via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:15PM EDT
ROME - Archeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
Some of the balconies even had amphorae -- the conical-shaped terra cotta vases that were used to hold wine and oil in ancient Roman times.
The culture ministry's Pompeii authority announced the discovery Thursday. It said the balconies were a "complete novelty" for this part of the buried city, which hasn't yet been fully excavated. A statement said the balconies will be restored and the area included in a tour open to the public.