Unlike Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash, Herculaneum was submerged under pyroclastic flows of molten rock, mud and gas, and it was this intense heat that carbonised so much organic material, offering incredible insight into the lives of the town’s citizens.
The British Museum’s spectacular exhibition Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum brought over 300 important artefacts from both sites and built a ‘home’ around them to give them context in the lives of citizens of the doomed cities.
I last visited both cities in September 2013. If you’d like an article written on the history or the site of Herculaneum, please contact me. I also have some spectacular photos of the site.