"Victims" Human Remains Tip by sswagner

Human Remains, Pompeii: 32 reviews and 57 photos

  Citizen of Pompei
by sswagner

In certain areas of the city, the casts of victims are on display. These are the death poses of many who did not escape the sudden eruption of Vesuvius. It is important to note that these are not the actual bodies. They are simply casts made from where the body once was located. After the people perished, the ash covered them. In time, the bodies decomposed. All that was left was a cavity within the ash. As Pompei was gradually excavated, someone got the idea to pour plaster into the cavities. The cavities served as a mold and the result was the form of the people who died. There is enough detail in these casts to realize that the eruption was a painful experience.

Address: Via Villa dei Misteri, 2, Pompei, Naples, Italy
Directions: Several locations throughout Pompeii
Phone: +39 081 536 5154
Website: http://www.rome.net/pompeii

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  • Written Jul 29, 2005
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