Travelers Return Stolen Artifacts, as Haunted by the Curse – Pompeii

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Tourist adolescents 16 years of stealing by stealth. He took Roman tile, then put into a backpack and trying to smuggle out of the ancient city of Pompeii, which is being renovated.

However, the theft of a tourist who witnessed the United States reported to the police. Police were intercepted near the exit, the young Dutchman said they would sell it on eBay ancient artifacts, the money will be used to buy the latest iPhone.

Although historically valuable, simple clay tile had high sales value. There will not be enough to buy an iPhone.¬†Fortunately, the action thwarted. If not, maybe he’ll regret it for life. Not a matter of legal threats, but something considered more terrifying: a curse.¬†Recently reported, a number of foreign tourists who visited Pompeii restore ‘keepsake’ they take it from there.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, a number of tourists suspect, they are cursed because of reckless taking of artifacts from the city, the hot ash of Mount Vesuvius buried.

For several years, as many as 100 package contains objects from the site of Pompeii is returned. Most accompanied by a letter that explains the problem in the life of the sender may be triggered by the theft of their ancient city.

One of the letters written Spanish men. It returns a number of artifacts, including bronze statues which he took in 1987. According to him, it had destroyed his family.

Another letter came from a British woman, who inherited tile stolen from her parents who had just died. “Please do not judge them too hard,” he said, as quoted by, Saturday (10|17|2015).

A Canadian woman who pocketed shards floor tiles honeymoon visiting Pompeii 1970, also returns what he took, while apologizing for the mistake he had done when young.

And someone from Latin America to restore the stone taken from Pompeii. He admitted that his family suffered ‘trauma for the sake of trauma’ since he took the artifact.

Massimo Osanna, Pompeii archaeological superintendent said, a number of items that are sent to it includes a small sculpture, pottery, and ceramics. “People write letters, which reveal a keepsake that they had brought from Pompeii did not provide any benefit, it invites misfortune,” he said.

He plans to make a special exhibition, displaying artifacts returned and letters received by his side. To tell the world, the story behind the theft in Pompeii. Also to give a lesson.

Massimo Osanna added, some people believe, Pompeii is a ‘city of the damned’. And the curse could be contagious. That said, the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the city and all its inhabitants with hot ash occurs because the gods angry and punish those who have destroyed sacred building.

History recorded on August 24, 79 years, Mount Vesuvius erupted explosively. Hot clouds, rocks and smoldering ash plunged into two cities, Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii was buried for centuries under layers of ash devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Now he again threatened.

Approximately 1,600 years later, accidentally discovered the existence of Pompeii. There are human bodies preserved by the ash, with all the poses. Revealing the frozen streets, brothels filled with erotic frescoes.

Pompeii was first excavated in 1748. The findings of erotic it is very embarrassing for scholars and intellectuals of the Victorian era – in which the depiction of sexual taboo. Yet in his time, what is considered nasty, it is common for masyarakakat Pompeii.

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