Pompeii: Frozen Animal Statues?

PompeiiWho is unacquainted with the dreadful eruption of Mt. Vesuvius? That volcanic disaster brought raining death by heat, smoke, and ash. Numerous  detailed plaster casts of the dead portray life’s activities in Pompeii and other towns in clear detail. Men, women, and children lie in postures that prove how quickly they died. A cross-section of all aspects of life is seen – whether at home, work, or elsewhere.

Recently, the concept that most died from the volcanic ash was seriously reconsidered. A more probable explanation is that Pompeii victims died by flash heating. This understanding arose from a comparison of the way volcano victims died in other, nearby towns.

Questions Arise

But a question arises: What about wild, farm, and domestic animals? Are there “statues” of these creatures to be found? Logic dictates: Of course there are. But have you ever seen any? What varieties of animals were discovered? And were they always completely or even partly encased?

In fact, they do exist. Below are the links to some example photographs.

A Bold New Pompeii Project

Multimedia giants have produced documentaries about the Mt. Vesuvius eruption. But now an online writing site is initiating a project. That project promises to reach school children with this important information, free-of-charge.

This project is named the Decoded Pompeii project. Its originator is Victoria Nicks. A group of scientists will travel to Naples, Italy, to discuss and film their findings. These individuals are expert in the disciplines of geoscience, history, archaeology, and materials science. Culture and chemistry will be included.

Read more about how you can participate in the Decoded Pompeii Project.

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2 Comments

  • Meg Reply

    I had never heard of the people statues, although I had heard of Pompeii and that people were encased in lava. I think the term “statues” may be fairly new? It was interesting to see the animal “statues” too. I always hope that all of them, people and animals died quickly. 🙁

  • Sandy James Reply

    Yes, I’ve heard of this phenomenon and have seen pictures before. Each statue tells its own story, how horrific it may be.

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