Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Italy Blog #85: Pompeii Part 6: Eerie Plaster Casts of the Dead

In this blog about Pompeii, we'll show you eerie plaster casts made of the shapes of people and animals that were found during excavations. We'll  tell you about how those plaster casts were made of 1,150 killed and show you a dog, man and infant whom all died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that buried (and preserved) the city.
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.

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
The plaster casts are all stored in the remains of a large building in Pompeii and tourists can walk past it and take pictures.

Mt. Vesuvius from Pompeii
HOW MANY DISCOVERED? -  According to Atlasobscura.com, "Some 1,150 bodies have been discovered out of an estimated 2,000 thought to have died in the disaster. This means that the vast majority of the city of 20,000 fled at the first signs of the volcanic activity. The plaster casts of the men, women, children, and animals of Pompeii were primarily made in the mid 1800s."

NEXT: Dinner Time! Restaurants and Bakeries

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next