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Pompeii - a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

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People like us: An incredible insight into the Romans who died in Pompeii's horror

Mount Vesuvius erupting at the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum // 79 CE // "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum" exhibit, 2013 // British Museum // #archaeology More

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Important archaeological finds of our time. Pompeii, the ancient Roman city, buried during a volcanic eruption in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius exploded. It was lost for nearly 1700 years...

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The Lost City of Pompeii: Pictures of an Alien World, Frozen in Time

The victims of Pompeii's volcano's victims. When the ash poured down over the city, people were killed instantly, in the exact poses they struck when they noticed their impending doom. As their bodies decomposed, they left perfectly-formed hollows in the ash. Historians can inject these hollows with plaster, recreating the positions of the bodies, and sometimes their terrified facial expressions.

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Erupting Mount Vesuvius: Combining History with Science

Combine science and geography with this learning activity for kids. Learn about Pompeii and create your own volcanic eruptions.

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