The scientific tourist #264 — a bad day in Herculaneum

A cast of skeletal remains seen at “A Day in Pompeii” traveling exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science:

Bad day in Herculaneum

From the placard:

Pompeii was not the only city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  Four miles to the north, the nearby city of Herculaneum suffered a similar fate.  As citizens fled the city, many took refuge in boathouses near the sea, only to be killed by a pyroclastic surge of ash and hot gases as they waited for rescue.  This cast of 32 skeletons, found together, includes nine children.  Some 300 skeletons have been found along the shoreline outside of Herculaneum.

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