As an archaeological site that represents a precise moment in time, Herculaneum gives us a rare glimpse of ancient life and society in the Roman world. The wealth of information modern archaeologists have gained from the site came at a heavy price for the city's citizens, as the town was buried in pyroclastic flows when Mount Vesuvius erupted in in 79 AD. Hopefully Herculaneum will have a better fate today and won't get “buried” by the competition in ArchaeoMadness.
Now the second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv has Neolithic origins dating back 8,000 years. Later a Thracian settlement, Plovdiv has weathered invasions from Macedonians, Persians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Goths, Huns, Bulgarians, Slavs, Vikings, Crusaders, and Turks. Plovdiv is rich with archaeological remains including Neolithic necropolises, roman ruins, an early Christian basilica, Ottoman baths, and more! Will Plovdiv’s resilience allow it to weather the competition in ArchaeoMadness?