Everyone knows the story of Pompeii, the city that stood at the foot of Mount Vesuvius and was destroyed when the volcano erupted in 79 C.E.
It is estimated that between 1500 and 2000 people lost their lives that day, many not realizing the true danger they were in until it was far too late to escape. Many of those bodies were encased in hot ash from the volcano’s eruption and over the centuries, though their bodies slowly decayed and vanished, the ash that hardened around them left life-like and often gruesome images of what their final moments might have been like.
Excavators and archaeologist have made casts of these once-living beings, many of which can be seen in modern-day Pompeii which averages 2.5 million visitors per year.
It’s not only people, however, that were preserved in ash. Animals, furniture, and various other items were encased in the city frozen in time. These along with samples of graffiti and various other preserved treasures have proven invaluable to scholars around the world in the last 2000 years.
The city became legend and the legend became lore and stories have cropped up over the centuries of unnatural shadows that loom in the darkness of Pompeii’s streets at night.
In 1960, further excavation of the city was shut down, but it was re-opened in 2018 and new digs have unearthed a whole host of new historical information.
After all this time, Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum still have secrets to reveal. iHorror’s own CEO Anthony Pernicka paid a visit to the historic location this week and sent us his own exclusive photos of some of the sites he saw there.
Take a look!