|Plaster cast of a dog from 79 A.D.|
EERIE PLASTER CASTS OF THE DEAD - When Mount Vesuvius showered Pompeii with 6 meters (about 18 feet) of ash. That ash surrounded human and animal remains and was compacted over time, preserving the shape of the movement of the living being when the ash swamped the city.
HOW DID THE ASH PRESERVE THE SHAPES? -
When the ash fall encased the bodies it hardened and created a porous shell. The shell was in the shape of how the bodies lay when smothered. Inside the ash shell, the bodies decayed. So when excavators found these shapes, they made a hole in them and filled them with plaster.
|Plaster cast of a man, and many other things found in Pompeii|
|Mt. Vesuvius from Pompeii|
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