Tourist Returns ‘Cursed’ Stolen Artifacts To Pompeii After 15 Years Of Bad Luck
Ancient artefacts have recently been returned to the archaeological site of Pompeii in southern Italy by a Canadian woman, only identified as Nicole.
She claims to have stolen the two mosaic pieces 15 years ago during a trip to the site when she was in her early 20s.
The objects were sent to a travel agent in Pompeii, along with a letter which explained the events which had occurred after she had stolen them.
"I was young and stupid," she wrote in the letter, "I wanted to have a piece of history that nobody could have."
Nicole went on to explain that she had experienced a series of negative events which had spanned the last 15 years.
Explaining that she believed the items to be cursed, Nicole wrote, “We are good people and I don't want to pass this curse on to my family, my children or myself anymore”.
The parcel also contained a number of stones which had been stolen by another couple from Canada in 2005, along with a letter apologising for the theft.
In fact, so many artefacts have been stolen over the years that park officials have created a museum to display the returned items.
Our Archaeology of the Bay of Naples tour not only includes the well-known and impressive remains of Pompeii and the superbly preserved Herculaneum but also those lesser known, but nonetheless important sites such as the seaside villas of the wealthy at Oplontis; Stabiae, where the frescoes are amongst the most beautiful found anywhere in the world; Cumae, the first Greek colony on the Italian mainland; Baiae, a fashionable Roman seaside resort, and Pozzuoli, the main port of the early Roman Empire.
Pictured: The Temple of Hera on our Archaeology of the Bay of Naples tour
Added: 15th October 2020