|Date(s)||79 AD. Rediscovered in 1748|
|Location||Pompeii, Province of Naples, Campane Italy|
Pompeii is an ancient town which was built during the Roman Empire of Seventh or Sixth BC. During the summer of A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city and many of its citizens under several feet of ash and rock, freezing them in time until they were discovered again in 1748.
The bodies that were found were remarkably preserved right down to the pained facial expressions during the time of death. After being incased in thick layers of ash and rock for thousands of years, the lack of air and moisture helped to preserve the bodies in almost perfect conditions
The uncovering of this town and its mummies has helped scientists to understand how later Roman cultures have lived, it also displays a great process of mummification through natural occurrence. Pompeii is a site that is the longest continually excavated site in the world, allowing great advancements in of science in archeology today. With recent developments of technology, CAT scans allow us to see the preservation of the inside of the Pompeii mummies. Scientists were shocked to discover the teeth of these ancient mummies were in excellent shape suggesting a low sugar and high fibre diet.
Ancient Roman Life Preserved At Pompeii. Retrieved on Nov 4th, 2015 at http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/archaeology/pompeii/
Scan of Pompeii mummies