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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. His blackened skeleton shows death was instantaneous. Exposed to the full force and high temperature of the surge, his body was burnt to the bone in seconds.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE buried and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and several other settlements. 

Photos of Herculaneum…


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This melodramatic scene of a family trying to escape the A.D. 79 eruption of Vesuvius, a volcano in southern Italy, was inspired by the report of a French archeologist excavating in Pompeii in 1813. Discover more about this painting during the next Spotlight Gallery Conversations, this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Scene during the Eruption of Vesuvius,” c. 1827, by Joseph Franque

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The skeletons of Herculaneum.
Thought to be the remains of those killed following the eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
The victims were found huddled in groups taking refuge inside the cramped boat houses by the shore. They were possibly awaiting evacuation or hoping for the disaster to pass, but were killed instantly by a blast of debris and gas that melted the flesh from their bones and left them forever frozen in a blanket of ash.