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Roman fresco, Herculaneum. This restored fresco was found on an interior wall of the House of the Black Hall, a Roman villa in the ancient Italian town of Herculaneum. The black background of the fresco gives the luxurious villa its name. 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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