Pompeiis Everywhere!

rrAn (admittedly spectacular) archaeological excavation in County Durham is the most recent addition to excavation sites that have been proclaimed ‘the Pompeii of . . .

As I begin to lose track of the many Pompeiis that there are out there already, I herewith provide an overview (incomplete, no doubt: additions highly welcome!), and I would like to propose the following new rule:

Don’t call it a ‘Pompeii of the _____’ unless (i) it was destroyed by a volcano and (ii) you’d be prepared to call Pompeii a ‘_____ of Roman Campania’.

[I will make an exception for the amazing Lego Pompeii, of course.]

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Pompeiis of the North

British Isles

Binchester:

Cirencester:

Craig Rhos-y-Felin/Stonehenge:

Culbin:

Dunluce (Dunlace) Castle (a.k.a. ‘Little Pompeii’):

Fenland (Must Farm, Peterborough):

London:

Island Mahee:

Peterborough:

Skara Brae:

Vindolanda:

Wroxeter:

Denmark

Greenland:

Skagen:

Germany

Iceland

Ireland

Carrickmines Castle:

Waterford:

Norway

Sweden

Pompeiis of the East

Afghanistan

[link to Pompeii somewhat tenuous]

China

Jehol Biota:

Lajia:

Tibet:

India

Indonesia

Japan

Japan’s northeastern coast:

Kanai Higashiura:

Greece

Olynthus:

Santorini:

Jordan

Poland

Qatar

Syria (a.k.a. the ‘Pompeiis of the Desert’)

Dura:

Palmyra:

Turkey

Ephesus:

Priene:

Ukraine

Pompeiis of the West

Austria

France

Italy (other than the Pompeii!)

Herdonia (a.k.a. la Pompei di Puglia):

Roscigno (a.k.a the Pompeii of the 1900s or ‘Twentieth-Century Pompeii’…):

Sardinia:

Sicily:

Val Camonica:

Spain

Cordoba:

Écija:

Pompeiis of Africa

Algeria

Tanzania

Sierra Leone

  • Bunce Island – read about the ‘Pompeii of the Atlantic slave trade’ here.

Tunisia

Pompeiis of the Americas

Argentina

El Salvador

Martinique

Mexico

United States

Gary, IN:

Ozette, WA:

Vore Buffalo Jump, Wyo.:

Pompeiis Down Under

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

Pompeiis of the Middle Ages

Underwater Pompeiis

Pompeiis of … Whatnow!?

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And what about Herculaneum?

Well, at least Rouen was a ‘Herculaneum of the Middle Ages’, apparently…

More recently, Akrotiri got upgraded to be a Herculaneum of the Aegean:

Also, the London-based Pompeii (see above) may, in fact, have been a Herculaneum instead:

And then there is ……. the HERCULANEUM OF HISTORY! herculaneum

(to be continued, no doubt.) Original post: 25 June 2014; last update to the list: 18 November 2016.

About Peter Kruschwitz

Berliner. Classicist. Scatterbrain.
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5 Responses to Pompeiis Everywhere!

  1. Peter Keegan says:

    What is the collective, I wonder – a plethora? a plenitude? a panoply?

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  2. Seems like Pompeii has vesuviused all over the world! Are there candidates that could be downgraded to a ‘mere’ Herculaneum, Stabiae, or Oplontis…?

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