Ancient Life preserved in Pompeii

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  1. LaserT

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    On a summer morning in August of A.D. 79 Mount Vesuvius buried the Roman city of Pompeii and many of its citizens under volcanic ash and rock. The city including its people were covered in up to twelve different layers of volcanic ash and debris, in total 25 meters deep. The ash and volcanic debris rained down for over 6 hours. Most sought refuge in homes and shelters but the intense heat, toxic gases and ashes overcame them. The volcano's combination of heat and ash made casts of the people final moments. The ruined and buried city remained frozen in time until it was discovered in 1749 by a surveying engineer.



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    Gold jewelry from a Pompeii upper class woman.

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    Fountain head and pieces

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    The ruins of Pompeii
     
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    A preserved loaf of bread.

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    A mother and her baby

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    A bakery kitchen dug out and preserved
     
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    Another great thread!
     
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    Another pic crying out for a Beffy "that face" photoshop.
     
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    Pompeii was anti semite, right Robin?
     
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    I visited Pompeii when I was in Italy several years ago. It's like going back in time.
     
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    It is fascinating. You can see in the roads where the wagons wore down the stone roads, you can see their local 'bars' where there are holes in the stone counters where the wine vats were kept, and you can see the whore houses where there are various positions drawn on so patrons would just have to point at what they wanted.

    Gotta say, those Pompeiians (?) were kind of pervs, they also decorated some of their walls in their home with porn. :giggle:
     
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    I was there a couple of years ago. I was amazed at how large the city was. The homes were huge and you could see areas where merchants were set up. You walk through it like a typical small downtown area yet this is almost 2000 years ago. Most of the people that died were poor people and servants. They couldn't leave in time where as most of the people fled days before the volcano erupted.

    The freaky part is they have all of the artifacts on display behind a gated area. You see the tools and items they used. Then you see the bodies. They are preserved as the mountain of ash hit them. Some are of couples hugging. Others are of people hiding or trying to protect themself. Then there are some that are on their knees with their hands together praying. Preserved exactly as they were 2000 years ago.
     
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    was there two years ago. If anyone hasn't been to Italy its a must. Rome is unreal
     
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    I've gone there twice but it's jammed with tourist. Not what I expected.
     
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    Ive also visited Pompeii, it was amazing. They must have died instantly to be captured in lifelike poses...:omg:
     
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    I visited Pompeii back in 2010. It really is amazing to wander around the ruins. My tour guide was friends with one of the security guards there, so he snuck us into a building that used to be a brothel. All the walls had pornographic paintings on them. It was frickin' great!
     
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    People rarely lived past 30 in those days. Most of the inhabitants wer horny young people in their teens and twenties.
     
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    the warm weather made them evolve into humans, robin.
     
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    If Howard were there.....

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    lol, no. Average life expectancy was skewed by the high child mortality rate due to the lack of vaccines and antibiotics, but if you lived past 12 or so you could expect to have a good shot at 60-70 years. Most people were not dying in their 20's, 30's, or 40's of "old age".

    http://www.brlsi.org/events-proceedings/proceedings/25020


     
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    haven't been to Italy but I have been to Caesar's Palace in Vegas quite a few times. thats close, right?
     
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    We were there a couple of years ago, day trip during our stay in Rome -- if you go during low season (we went in November), there are not many tourists at all. I always thought they were mummified corpses, but turns out the bodies are plaster casts made from pockets in the ash where the bodies had decayed.