All Roman towns were laid out in a grid centered on the forum...oddly, the main exception to that plan was the city of Rome itself where they had to make allowances for the hills.
In the first shot the forum is the grassy patch in the distance.
The forum was a pretty good sized area and all the government buildings and temples would have been located nearby if not on the forum itself.
And of course we did all the touristy stuff like have our photo taken with Vesuvius in the background. The mountain dominates the landscape and it is safe to say that the poor bastards never knew what hit them.
The area behind the scaffolding is being used by the archaeologists to store ceramics and other artifacts but also several of the molds they have made of the bodies of the residents who were caught in the blast. Now, those, are really freaky. Somewhere, in another album, I have a couple of shots of those. I'll see if I can find them and add them in.
Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.
-- George Carlin