In 79 AD the ancient Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed and buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The eruption was such a major event that it was chronicled in ancient historical documents, something that would have required a large enough impact to be noticed at a distance. In 1738, a military engineer with the Spanish army, Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre, found the remains of Herculaneum. Herculaneum was a nearby city that suffered a very similar fate. It took almost a decade after that discovery for Giuseppe Fiorelli to find Pompeii. Several artifacts were found that pointed to a sexual and erotic association. In addition, graffiti found on the city walls read “City of Sodom and Gomorrah,” which lead many devout Christians to believe this proof of the story of the cities being struck down by God’s fury.