Image of Mount Vesuvius looming over the ancient city from: wikimedia.org
John talks with co-host Sean Fox about his trip to Pompeii recently as well as the lesser known city of Herculaneum which was also devastated in the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
aerial image of Pompeii from: flickr.com
Sean and John discussed how remarkable it is to see exactly what these cities looked like at the very moment of the eruption in A.D 79 and how much information archeologists can detect from the volcanic ash entombed ancient cities. Life at that time was much more advanced they both surmised, than many people today may think. Some of the wood furniture and infrastructure in Herculaneum has been unearthed relatively intact. The diet has been determined to be much like the present day people of that area from analysis of their bones as well as the wine. (An actual wine cask was found that had wine from that time on the rim.)
Images from wikimedia.org & flickr.com of some of the plaster of paris casts made of victims in Pompeii. Top image is the dog cast Sean mentioned on the podcast.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlZ-SGfp6Os Pompeii, The Last Day (BBC)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDWZEJK6VSc Herculaneum, The Other Pompeii
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmM2tCcsLEY The Real Pompeii – National Geographic Documentary
http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html Time lapsed Depiction Of Eruption