More Vesuvius Victims

Digs & Discoveries March/April 2021

Courtesy Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei

In the ruins of a luxurious villa overlooking the Bay of Naples at Civita Giuliana, half a mile northwest of Pompeii, archaeologists recently discovered the remains of two men killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The researchers were able to create highly accurate casts of the men’s bodies, including details of the clothing they wore while trying to flee the surge of superheated gas and ash that raced through their home on the eruption’s second morning. One man, who showed signs of having performed repetitive physical labor, was between 18 and 25 years of age and wore a short wool tunic. The other was between 30 and 40 and wore both a wool tunic and a mantle, perhaps indicating that he was of higher status.

  • Artifacts March/April 2021

    Subeixi Game Balls

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    (Courtesy Patrick Wertmann)
  • Around the World March/April 2021


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    (A. A. Oktaviana, ARKENAS/Griffith University)
  • Digs & Discoveries March/April 2021

    An Enduring Design

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    Courtesy Durham University
  • Features March/April 2021

    The Amazing True Story of Nathan Harrison

    Excavations of a mountain cabin uncover the hidden life of a formerly enslaved man who became a California legend

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    (Courtesy the Nathan “Nate” Harrison Historical Archaeology Project, Kirby Collection)