Pictures & Images of Pompeii archaeological site and museum exhibits. One of the most famous Roman archaeological sites is Pompeii. Buried by ash & pumice from an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius on the 24 August AD 79, Pompeii was lost for 1700 years until it was rediscovery in 1748. The excavated town provided a snap shot of Roman life with well preserved streets, shops & villas. The Roman frescoes discovered in Pompeii have given an insight into Roman art and the erotic frescoes were a source of embarrassment and were much misunderstood by 19th century academics & the nobility who hid them away from public view until the year 2000. The excavations also revealed that Romans were great practitioners of graffiti which ranged from the bawdy to political statements written on walls by hired scribes. Pompeii has been a popular tourist destination for 250 years attracting over 2.6 million visitors a year. Pompeii is part of the Vesuvius National Park and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.