A city that is now history because of a volcano


Pompeii was a city of ancient Rome that was destroyed in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city was buried with ash and pumice that was up to 20 feet deep, and was located 5 miles away from Mount Vesuvius. Not much was originally known about the town or its people until researchers began to uncover the story of the people who were now history because of Mount Vesuvius. The site was lost for about 1,500 years before its rediscovery. It is thought the town survived for about 160 years with 20,000residents before its destruction in 79 AD. (Pictured above is a plaster used to fill a void during excavation that showed a person in their last moments)

The objects of the town were preserved well because of lack of air and moisture
from the burial. The objects were used to find out about the people of the town
and rediscover the history of what was Pompeii. Carbon dating has dated many
items excavated to be from about 8th-6th centuries BC. Some
of the forum, baths, and houses are well preserved still today. While
researchers went through everything buried in ash, plaster was used to fill
voids that once held human bodies, this showed exactly what the people were
doing when they died. Today Pompeii is a tourist destination and is one of the most popular ones in Italy, with about 2.5 million visitors a year. (Pictured above is Mount Vesuvius which destroyed the city)

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