24th August AD 79. The start of the wipe out of a town. In retrospect we know that all the tell tell signs of an imminent volcanic eruption were there to warn the people of Pompeii. Unfortunately they just thought that the Gods were slightly miffed.
A lot of what we know about the eruption and the build up to it come from an eye-witness account from Pliny the younger (a Roman administrator and poet) and it is through him that we gain an insight in to the reactions of the people who had to watch the natural catastrophe but could do nothing to help or stop it.
As well being one most important archaeological in the world the town has also become a one of Italy’s most popular sites to visit. Its an eerie place to visit, walking through the streets where life stopped so suddenly it can still be seen everywhere. There was bread in the ovens and almost perfect mosaics on the wall.
Between the heat and speed of the eruption there was very little chance of anyone getting out of the town in time and how they died was long and painful eventually being covered in layers and layers of Ash. Due to this process bodies were preserved and molded. As you are walking through the town there are these bodies laying around just proving just how quick this happened. The potter is even still at his pottery wheel.
So eerie but extraordinary, interesting and quite the eye opener!!!