• Bodies at Pompeii 2

    Image ID
    FOT643163
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    2.1 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    1994 x 1800 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    169 x 152 mm
    6.6 x 6.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    plaster concrete body casts cast bodies archaeology Roman AD 79 Vesuvius volcano Nigel Cummings
    Description
    The plaster cast bodies of the Pompeii victims are the most vivid shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous. The Pompeii citizens were choked by the ash and pumice-stone dust or killed by the accompanying poison gas. Hundreds of casts of human and animal bodies survive in Pompeii. The way they were preserved is unique and gives an insight into the life and death of the city.Excavating Plaster Casts of Bodies at Pompeii, Italy. Excavators at Pompeii will frequently come across a void in the hardened ash, made by organic remains decomposing after the ash/mud has set. Early excavators would pour concrete into the voids and excavate around them subsequently. Today a clear polymer is used instead, allowing archaeologists to see the relation of artefacts and bones therein.
    Uploader
    Nigel Cummings
    Contributor
    Nigel Cummings
    Date Taken
    Unknown
    Uploaded on
    2010-01-06
    Collection
    Roman Italy
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Ancient
    Dominant colour
    #A09080