The Lost City of Pompeii: Pictures of an Alien World, Frozen in Time
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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

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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The victims of Pompeii's volcano's victims. When the ash poured down over the city, people were killed instantly, in the exact poses they struck when they noticed their impending doom. As their bodies decomposed, they left perfectly-formed hollows in the ash. Historians can inject these hollows with plaster, recreating the positions of the bodies, and sometimes their terrified facial expressions.

The victims of Pompeii's volcano's victims. When the ash poured down over the city, people were killed instantly, in the exact poses they struck when they noticed their impending doom. As their bodies decomposed, they left perfectly-formed hollows in the ash. Historians can inject these hollows with plaster, recreating the positions of the bodies, and sometimes their terrified facial expressions.

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Flora, woman picking flowers with a cornucopia in the ruins of Pompeii,  1-45  AD.

Flora, woman picking flowers with a cornucopia in the ruins of Pompeii, 1-45 AD.

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pompeii bodies lovers. If only this kind of love actually existed. But people would rather be buried with their past than with their future.

pompeii bodies lovers. If only this kind of love actually existed. But people would rather be buried with their past than with their future.

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