Skeleton of a ‘soldier’ with iron sword, belt, leather and bronze ‘sporran’, and iron dagger Herculaneum, ancient shoreline The same heat that carbonised objects reduced people to skeletons. This man, found on the ancient shore of Herculaneum, was wearing a belt of silver and bronze plaques and carrying a long sword and stabbing dagger. He is thought to be a soldier. The volcanic surge hurled him down with huge force, breaking his bones.
Pompeii: Aug. 25, A.D. 79 1 a.m.: A cloud of gas and ash plunged down on the town; the hot breath of Vesuvius killed the fugitives in a fraction of a second. By studying bone fractures and the position of the remains, anthropologist Paolo Petrone and volcanologist Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo established beyond a doubt that the fugitives were wrapped in a 900-degree Fahrenheit cloud. They died instantly of thermal shock, not from slow suffocation as scientists long assumed.
Italy Investigating New Collapses in Ancient Pompeii
Italy Investigating New Collapses in Ancient Pompeii. The damaged wall of a tomb at the ancient ruins of Pompeii, near Naples, southern Italy. The Temple of Venus and the wall of a tomb in the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii near Naples were found damaged on Sunday, possibly due to heavy rain.
Herculaneum: College of Augustales: view of wall paintings
*HOUSE OF THE VETTII: Pompeii, date: 79 AD destroyed. Current location: Pompeii, Napoli, Campania, Italy. The House of Vetti preserves exceptional examples of pompeian wall-paintings. It is one of the few Pompeian house to have all of the wall paintings, furniture, + artifacts discovered there remain in place, rather than removed (+often sold) as in earlier centuries.