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Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii – Sydney Morning Herald

The remains of the two victims were discovered lying next to each other on their backs, under a layer of gray ash at least 2 metres deep.

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As has been done when other remains have been discovered at the Pompeii site, archaeologists poured liquid chalk into the cavities, or void, left by the decaying bodies in the ash and pumice that rained down from the volcano near modern-day Naples and demolished the upper levels of the villa.
The technique, pioneered in the 1800s, gives the image not only of the shape and position of the victims in the throes of death, but makes the remains seem like statues, said Massimo Osanna, an archaeologist…

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