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Street of balconies discovered in Italy's Pompeii

STREET OF BALCONIES DISCOVERED IN ITALYS POMPEII
Part of fresco at domus delle Nozze d' Argento in Pompeii, Italy, 17 May 2018. (EPA Photo)

Archaeologists 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.

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