Body cast of victim of Pompeii eruption. The Roman city of Pompeii, located in the Bay of Naples, Italy, was ruined and buried under thick layers of ash during an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. Many of those buried under the ash were killed by falling buildings or other causes, such as poisonous fumes.

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Mount Vesuvius erupting at the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum // 79 CE // "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum" exhibit, 2013 // British Museum // #archaeology More

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Exploring the ruins of Pompeii, the Roman city frozen in time after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius #Pompeii #Italy

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Mt. Vesuvius in Italy (hiked from the bus lot to the top, hiked around the entire edge of the crater, went in the volcano!)

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A paper, wood and plaster scale model of Pompeii by the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli between 1861 and 1879.

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Herculaneum, Pompeii sister city, also buried in the eruption. Was hermetically sealed by the ash and lava so many items such as bone and wood were preserved, which was not the case with Pompeii. However, there is a modern city above herculaneum, so only about 25% has been excavated.

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Excavated Ruins Of Herculaneum -- Destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 CE.

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