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Frozen in Time: Casts of Pompeii Reveal Last Moments of Volcano Victims

he plaster casts of 86 agonized victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD will go on exhibit May 26, 2015, in National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy. People of Pompeii, a Roman city, were in their death throes when a cloud of gas from the volcano enveloped them, killing them. The gas was 300 degrees centigrade (572 degrees F). Clearly, from the expressions of their faces and their bodily contortions they were caught by surprise when the ash cloud finally consumed them. An article on ANSA.com states: Teeth…

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3D animation reconstructs an upper-class house of Pompeii before the Vesuvius disaster

Previously we have harped about the reconstructed state of Pompeii during the Vesuvius eruption. Well this time around researchers have been able to recreate a Roman domus (house) inside Pompeii that existed before the natural disaster of 79 AD. Envisaged as a continuation of the Swedish Pompeii Project (now overseen by Sweden’s Lund University), the ‘authentic’ reconstruction project was led by archaeologists Anne-Marie Leander Touati – with the experts utilizing 3D scanning and even drone technologies. The domus we see here belonged to one Caecilius Iucundus, a wealthy banker from…

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