POMPEII, June 24 – The carapace almost intact, the head intact like the tail and one of the legs. It is an incredibly preserved land turtle with its egg never laid the last surprise of Pompeii. Archaeologists have found it under the floor of a shop on Via dell’Abbondanza, where a research shared between the Eastern University of Naples, the Freie Universitat of Berlin and the University of Oxford is investigating the remains of a large house. luxury that after the earthquake of 62 AD was demolished and annexed to the Stabian Baths. Pompeii, the minister Franceschini applauds, “continues to reserve important findings and discoveries, confirming the extraordinary richness of this authentic treasure trove of history and memory that fascinates the whole world”. A discovery, the director of the Park Gabriel Zuchtriegel told ANSA, “which opens a window on the last years of the city”, those following the earthquake, “in which the whole of Pompeii was transformed into a large building site”. In this situation, the ecosystem of the town changes with wild animals that find their space in the premises being processed. The tortoise, explains the anthropologist Valeria Amoretti, “had evidently entered the workshop, where the floor was of simple beaten earth and in a corner a den had been dug in which to lay her egg, which she did not succeed in and probably led her to death “. Meanwhile, the floors and decorations of the large house replaced by the spa are coming to light. Mosaic carpets emerge with precious architectural designs, polychrome marble plinths, fragments of elaborate wall paintings in the second style, the one in vogue in the first century. a C. And just in a corner of the same shop where the turtle was found, announces the Oriental archaeologist Marco Giglio, a votive pit with the burnt wood remains, a small lamp from the 1st century BC, has just come out. C. and an olla that contained offerings to the gods. “It is proof that this large house was built in the first half of the first century BC. C., immediately after the transformation of the city into a Roman colony “. The mystery remains as to why such a beautiful and important house was sacrificed for the spa. (HANDLE).