of Bourbon, who had recently become king of Naples, authorized Roque
Joaquin de Alcubierre, a Spanish engineer who was in charge of the
construction of the royal palace in Portici, to use four of the seven
hundred workers to go on with the archaeological excavation, after
the fortuitous discovery of some ancient artefacts.It was almost
by chance that, in 1738, the ancient city of Herculaneum, buried by
Vesuvius in 79 AD, was discovered. Ten years later, in 1748, the
research focused on Pompeii, and then the following year Stabia.