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‘Pompeii: The New Dig’ unveils ancient mysteries

Episode 1 airs Wednesday, May 15 at 9 p.m.

This new landmark three-part series follows the most extensive archaeological excavation in Pompeii for a generation. Nearly two years in the making, with exclusive access to the dig and the all-Italian team of archaeologists, the series follows the excavation of an entire city block, Insula 10, in the north of the city.

This series marks the most significant archaeological exploration of Pompeii in recent decades. 

Episode 1 – The Bodies

“Pompeii: The New Dig” provides exclusive access to a groundbreaking excavation of an entire city block. The series delves into the daily lives of Pompeii’s residents, revealing both their everyday activities and the horrors they faced during one of history’s most infamous disasters. Highlights include the discovery of a 2,000-year-old fresco that strikingly resembles a pizza, discovered in Pompeii’s Regio IX, close to where this iconic dish originated.

The documentary features an all-Italian team of archaeologists and emphasizes authentic, locally-led insights, offering viewers a unique opportunity to witness new, thrilling finds that add depth to the incredible story of Pompeii.

Episode 2 – Escape

Dive into the past with Episode 2 of “Pompeii: The New Dig,” where archaeologists uncover layers of history beneath the storied ashes of Pompeii. This episode continues the thrilling exploration of one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites, revealing new findings that offer deeper insights into the daily lives of Pompeii’s residents before the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Watch as experts use the latest technology and methods to excavate and analyze relics that have remained untouched for nearly two millennia. From well-preserved homes and public spaces to artifacts that speak volumes about ancient Roman culture, each discovery provides a clearer picture of the sophisticated urban landscape that thrived before its sudden demise.

“Pompeii: The New Dig” not only brings the excitement of real-time archaeological discoveries to your screen but also interweaves expert commentary and historical context that enrich the narrative. This episode promises to captivate history buffs, archaeology enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the mysteries of the ancient world.

Enjoy Episode 2 set for Wednesday, May 22 with the final episode airing on Wednesday, May 29. Want to see more? Stream extras from the show on the PBS app!

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