Pompeii, a city covered by volcanic ash, is familiar to anyone visiting Italy. Time stands still here, frozen in 79AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted. What most people don’t know, is that while Pompeii was covered with ash, its northern
neighbor Herculaneum was covered with mud.
What is significant about this? The mud encasing all the buildings, prevented oxygen from igniting the timbers, consequently there are many several story buildings & even timbers, doors & roofs still standing. While smaller these ruins are more complete & give a more detailed glimse into the daily lives of its inhabitants.
While you can see the original mosaic floors from Pompeii & Herculaneum in museums, you can also find them still in the homes in both locations. What is most amazing is the fresco covered walls are still intact as well.