Human Remains discovered when the city of Pompeii was unearthed after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Giuseppe Fiorelli took charge of the excavations in 1863. During early excavations of the site, occasional voids in the ash layer had been found that contained human remains. It was Fiorelli who realized these were spaces left by the decomposed bodies and so devised the technique of injecting plaster into them to recreate the forms of Vesuvius's victims.
Dachau Massacre Murder of POWs. As American soldiers approached Dachau concentration camp, they bore witness to thousands of highly decomposed bodies sitting in open top freight carriages. Because of this, it can hardly come as a surprise when American soldiers summarily executed captured – and unarmed – SS guards, purely out of rage. Prisoners, too, were said to have beaten as many as 50 guards to death in retaliation for their treatment.
“Eerie images of people, like this one of what appears to be a sleeping child, were made when archaeologists found gaps in the volcanic ash that covered Pompeii, which they then filled with plaster. The child depicted here was not sleeping, but dead, a victim of the eruption. The falling ash first killed the child and then hardened before the body decomposed, leaving a hollow, a perfect child-shaped mold of one of those unfortunate enough to have been caught in the catast
*POMPEII, ITALY: As the body decomposed, it left an empty void in the surrounding material. The archeologists have poured plaster into these voids + the end result is a remarkable representation of the unfortunate citizen.