Photos by Michael Thumand


Published: November 6, 2016

Pompei is an ancient Roman town which was destroyed and yet preserved by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is located not too far from modern day Naples.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 was massive and formed what is known as pyroclastic flow. It is a massive high speed flow of hot gas and volcanic material. Due to the speed of and the material in the flow many people were killed and preserved almost instantaneously. That made it possible for archaeologist to create plaster casts of the remains. The seem frozen in time.

Before the eruption Pompei was a flourishing town heavily inspired by Greek culture but Egyptian culture is also clearly visible in many frescos.