#AceHistoryNews – Aug.24: In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death. At noon on August 24, 79 CE,the peak of Mount Vesuvius exploded, propelling a 10-mile mushroom cloud of ash and pumice into the stratosphere #AceHistoryDesk reports
https://t.me/HistoricalPics/9131: For the next 12 hours, volcanic ash and a hail of pumice stones up to 3 inches in diameter showered Pompeii, forcing the city’s occupants to flee in terror: Some 2,000 people stayed in Pompeii, holed up in cellars or stone structures, hoping to wait out the eruption.
The people who remained in Pompeii were killed on the morning of August 25 when a cloud of toxic gas poured into the city, suffocating all that remained: A flow of rock and ash followed, collapsing roofs and walls and burying the dead. Much of what we know about the eruption comes from an account by Pliny the Younger…………..The remains of 2,000 men, women, and children were found at Pompeii. After perishing from asphyxiation, their bodies were covered with ash that hardened and preserved the outline of their bodies…………..Later, their bodies decomposed to skeletal remains, leaving a kind of plaster mold behind.
Archaeologists who found these molds filled the hollows with plaster, revealing in grim detail the death pose of the victims of Vesuvius:The rest of the city is likewise frozen in time, and ordinary objects that tell the story of everyday life in Pompeii are as valuable to archaeologists as the great unearthed statues and frescoes…………Today, Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the European mainland. Its last eruption was in 1944 and its last major eruption was in 1631…………………….Another eruption is expected in the near future, would could be devastating for the 700,000 people who live in the “death zones” around Vesuvius. #Pompeii #Vesuvius #volcano #OTD #AceHistoryNews
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