Herculaneum NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports on the rediscovery of one of the world's oldest libraries. The Villa of Papyrus was buried under hundreds of feet of lava when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and wiped out the town of Herculaneum (hur-kyoo-LAY-nee-um) at the foot of the volcano. It was discovered and mapped in the 18th century, then sealed and lost for another two centuries after. Now, painstakingly, archeologists are recovering some amazing material.

Herculaneum

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NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports on the rediscovery of one of the world's oldest libraries. The Villa of Papyrus was buried under hundreds of feet of lava when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and wiped out the town of Herculaneum (hur-kyoo-LAY-nee-um) at the foot of the volcano. It was discovered and mapped in the 18th century, then sealed and lost for another two centuries after. Now, painstakingly, archeologists are recovering some amazing material.