Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year AD 79. The city was buried under 10 to 20 ft of ash and pumice. At the time of the eruption, it had an estimated population of 20,000 inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1749 that Pompeii was accidentally rediscovered. The excavated town offers a snapshot of Roman life in the 1st century, frozen at the moment it was buried in AD 79.
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Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year AD 79. The city was buried under 10 to 20 ft of ash and pumice. At the time of the eruption, it had an estimated population of 20,000 inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1749 that Pompeii was accidentally rediscovered. The excavated town offers a snapshot of Roman life in the 1st century, frozen at the moment it was buried in AD 79.

© David Noyes 2011

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