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Schoolchildren visiting Roman arcades, Herculaneum. These columns form the arcades of the House of the Black Hall, a Roman villa in the ancient Italian town of Herculaneum. This luxuriant villa is so- called after a room painted with frescoes against a black background. Herculaneum was destroyed in the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. However, the thick layer of volcanic ash that buried the town preserved buildings, bodies and other artefacts.
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