Ancient Artwork Found Under 2,000-Year-Old Volcanic Ash

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Archaeologists have unearthed a striking work of art in the ancient city of Pompeii.

A worker carefully brushed away 2000-year-old volcanic ash to reveal a fresco, or watercolor wall painting. It depicts the myth of Leda and the Swan.

In the story, the God Jupiter takes the form of a swan and impregnates a mortal woman, named Leda.

The scene has been depicted in various ways throughout the centuries.

According to the lead archaeologist at Pompeii, scenes of Leda and the Swan were fairly common in the city's houses.

This particular depiction stands out because, "Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that's absolutely pronounced."

After being hidden for nearly two millennia, it's a scene that can appreciated again.

The city of Pompeii was destroyed in A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius had a catastrophic volcanic eruption. 

Archaeological work at Pompeii has been going on for centuries — but a recent renewed push has revealed several fascinating finds, including skeletons and pottery. 


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