Pompeii skull X-rays

Pompeii skull X-rays

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Caption: Pompeii skull and bones X-rays being studied in a laboratory. The skeleton of this child was recovered from the ruins of the Murecine hotel in Pompeii, Italy. Pompeii was a town of around 20,000 people when it was destroyed by the eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption buried the town under a layer of ash, which preserved the buildings, artifacts, artworks and people in excellent condition. The skull and bones have been measured and X-rayed to help produce 3-D reconstructions of facial features. This work provides insight into the lives and habits of people living in Roman Italy.

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