After nearly 2,000 years in the ancient city of Pompeii, mortal remains of a terrified mother and her child have been unearthed. A cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city in 79 A.D. The death agonies on the faces of the mom and adolescent in their final moments will soon be on display to the public at the Pompeii and Europe Exhibition in Italy, citing an Ancient-Origins news report.
The National Archaeological Museum in Naples is gearing up for a milestone in its own history by showing glimpses of how life ended on a mass scale when Pompeii was decimated by the powerful eruption in the times of the Romans.
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Dozens of bodies are being restored with plaster to preserve their exact positions when they were entombed in volcanic ash. Among the 86 or more corpses recovered in Pompeii, the remains of a terrified mother and a male child, of about 4-years-of age, stands out in the exhibition. Reportedly, they were inside the House of the Golden Bracelet when the eruption took place. And according to the study lead, inhabitants in the city perished rapidly, as sources explain.
“The gas was 300 degrees centigrade (572 degrees F). Clearly, from the expressions of their faces and their bodily contortions they were caught by surprise when the ash cloud finally consumed them.
Teeth protrude from lips stretched from pain. Smoldering, encrusted skin, protruding skulls and bones, exposed jaws were all caught in the moment of death…”
The terrifying look on the mother and child’s face appears on other bodies found in the ruins of Pompeii. Giuseppe Fiorelli found the contorted bodies in 1863. He devised an ingenious way to remove the bodies fully intact without compromising the site or deceased victims. Exhaustive work began in the 18th century and was delayed for nearly two centuries over concerns of disturbing the remains and violating any ethical practices.
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Today, a team of researchers are working on learning more about the events that led to the Pompeii volcano explosion, while gathering more intelligence about Roman culture and way of life in the region.
The terrified look of the child and his mother appear as if they are in pain. However, according to a study participant, death came instantly and they were not in pain.
“The contorted postures are not the effects of a long agony, but of the cadaveric spasm, a consequence of heat shock on corpses.”
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