There’s no charge to walk around this glass enclosed museum that displays the plaster casts of cavities where these bodies were found buried is solidified ash from the August 24, 79AD [as in 79 years after the birth of Jesus] eruption of Vesuvius and subsequent pyroclastic tsunami and ash cloud collapse. Archaeologists knew that the cavities were created by long-ago decayed bodies. They wisely filled those voids with plaster, and later removed the solidified ash, leaving a perfectly formed cast that depicted the position of the people killed in that volcanic eruption. The museum is a free-standing building at the entrance/exit, and displays the "bodies" out of context of how they were found. The exhibits would have been far more compelling had there been a recreation of the rooms in which they were found, the reason for my lower rating. That type of recreation, however, can be found in Naples/Napoli.
Although 20,000 people lived in pre-Vesuvius eruption Pompeii, only 1,150 bodies of an estimated 2,000 have been preserved in plaster casts, most of them in the archaeological museum in Napoli/Naples. That means 18,000 people evacuated the city, most likely a short boat ride to nearby Herculaneum. Those who remained were likely shopkeepers and wealthy merchants who feared leaving behind their hordes of goods. How many throughout history have ignored biblical advice to forfeit worldly goods to preserve life? Museo Vesuviano displays many of those who refused—or were unable—to vacate the looming eruption. Of course, people two millennia ago did not comprehend volcanic activity and may have thought earth tremors and a mountain belching smoke would subside.
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