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    The Ring Lady Herculaneum, Italy If you look closely you can see two rings still on her fingers top left. Amazing!

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  • Lisa (Dominix) Hunt

    1st century - The skeleton called the "Ring Lady" unearthed in Herculaneum, one of the victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79

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    HERCULANEUM - Until this discovery,there were few Roman skeletal remains available for academic study,as Ancient Romans regularly practiced cremation in this period.Excavations in the port area of Herculaneum initially turned up more than 55 skeletons:30 adult males,13 adult females,12 children. The skeletons were found on the seafront, where it is believed they had fled in an attempt to escape the volcanic eruption. This group included the "Ring Lady", named for the rings on her fingers.

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