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Tambora is a lost village and culture on Sumbawa Island buried by
ash and pyroclastic flows from the massive 1815 eruption of Mount
Tambora. The village had about 10,000 residents. Scientists
unearthing the site have discovered ceramic pots, bronze bowls,
glass bottles, and homes and villagers buried by ash in a manner
similar to that of Pompeii. Scientists believe the customs and
language of the culture were wiped out. The culture was visited by
western explorers shortly before its demise. They are believed to
have traded with Indochina, as their pottery resembles that found
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