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Pompeii, Italy
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"The Forum of Pompeii with Vesuvius" 1985 photo Elroy Christenson

    The forum of Pompeii has been partially restored to give the visitors an idea of what it may have looked like before Vesuvius in the background blew up about 79 ce. It covered the town and surrounding area in several feet of volcanic ash while the remaining inhabitants were killed by poisonous gases. It effectively sealed and preserved the remnants of the city for later anthropologists. It remained buried for almost 1700 years and wasn't rediscovered until 1748. It allowed anthropologists to study what the lifestyle of an intact Roman town.


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