Skeleton of a ‘soldier’ with iron sword, belt, leather and bronze ‘sporran’, and iron dagger Herculaneum, ancient shoreline The same heat that carbonised objects reduced people to skeletons. 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.
Pompeii: Aug. 25, A.D. 79 1 a.m.: A cloud of gas and ash plunged down on the town; the hot breath of Vesuvius killed the fugitives in a fraction of a second. By studying bone fractures and the position of the remains, anthropologist Paolo Petrone and volcanologist Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo established beyond a doubt that the fugitives were wrapped in a 900-degree Fahrenheit cloud. They died instantly of thermal shock, not from slow suffocation as scientists long assumed.
*HOUSE OF THE VETTII: Pompeii, date: 79 AD destroyed. Current location: Pompeii, Napoli, Campania, Italy. The House of Vetti preserves exceptional examples of pompeian wall-paintings. It is one of the few Pompeian house to have all of the wall paintings, furniture, + artifacts discovered there remain in place, rather than removed (+often sold) as in earlier centuries.