Reconstructing the Faces of Pompeii Victims

Reconstructing the Faces of Pompeii Victims


Narrator: IT TOOK JUST 18 HOURS
FOR POMPEII TO BE BURIED UNDER MILLIONS OF TONS OF VOLCANIC
ASH AND PUMICE. AN ENTIRE LIVING CITY
WIPED OUT, THOUSANDS OF ITS PEOPLE
BURIED ALIVE. THE SUPER-HEATED AIR
BURNS THEIR LUNGS AND MELTS THEIR MUSCLES. THEIR TWISTED
AND CONTORTED BODIES WERE QUICKLY BURIED IN ASH. A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS IS NOW
STUDYING 15 BODIES THAT WERE FOUND TOGETHER
IN THE EAST OF THE CITY. THE ODD POSITIONS
THESE BODIES WERE FOUND IN INTRIGUES TEAM
LEADER LLORENç ALAPONT. Narrator: TO DO SO,
THEY’RE SCANNING THE CASTS IN MORE DETAIL
THAN EVER BEFORE, TAKING HIGH-RESOLUTION
PHOTOGRAPHS AND THEN X-RAYS
OF THEIR BONES LOCKED INSIDE. Narrator: ONE CAST IS
PARTICULARLY WELL PRESERVED. LLORENç HAS ALREADY
UNLOCKED PERSONAL DETAILS OF THIS MAN’S LIFE. THIS YOUNG MAN ALSO HAD
A MILITARY SWORD, WHICH LEADS LLORENç
TO THINK HE WAS A SOLDIER. Narrator: THE WELL-PRESERVED
SECTIONS OF THE CAST ARE COPIED AND THEN FILLED
INTO OTHER SECTIONS THAT ARE LESS DETAILED. Narrator: THE RESULT IS AN IMAGE
THAT IS MOVING AND STRIKINGLY LIFELIKE
OF THE YOUNG SOLDIER WHO WAS BURIED 2,000 YEARS AGO.

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