Pompeii was one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. We know how its victims died - but how did they live?
An extraordinary find draws a whole new light on life in Pompeii
Gleaning evidence from an unique discovery, scientists are providing new insights into the lives of these people. In a dark cellar in Oplontis, just three kilometres from Pompeii, 54 skeletons which didn't succumb to the torrent of volcanic ash are about to be put under the microscope. The remains will be submitted to a barrage of tests that will unlock one of the most comprehensive scientific snapshots of Pompeian life ever produced - and the results are surprising.
Leading the forensic quest is the world renowned team from the Medical University of Vienna led by Dr. Fabian Kanz. This is the same man who used his expertise in forensic anthropology to scientifically verify the world’s first ever find of gladiator bones in Ephesus.
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