Herculaneum Excavations

Archaeology in the modern sense began with wealthy European gentlemen, who took the Grand Tour to Italy and brought back Classical antiquities with them. Those who could not afford such travels stayed at home and puzzled over earthworks, burial mounds, and other ancient monuments in the countryside.

By the late eighteenth century, country gentlemen were digging into burial mounds and filling their homes with cabinets of "curiosities."

Their excavations looked like potato patches.

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