Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time

Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, the bodies of the people of Pompeii were perfectly preserved in their final moments. For the first time, this programme reveals why and how this remarkable event occurred. What happened to the people of Pompeii when the volcano Vesuvius erupted? It is a question that has fascinated people since the town was first excavated in the 1860s. A man called Giuseppe Fiorelli noticed occasional voids in the ash layer. He realised the cavities were left when the bodies, that had been encased in ash, rotted away. Filling those spaces with plaster revealed the forms of Vesuvius' victims, frozen in time in extraordinary life-like poses. These casts reveal the very personal stories of the victims. A young girl clutches her most precious good luck charms. A man, his wife and two children huddle under a stairwell. An athlete pulls his cloak over his mouth. Their final moments have been captured so perfectly - no other victims of a natural disaster have been preserved in such a way. Using 21st century forensics, this film reveals the unique set of circumstances that led to this remarkable preservation. Leading volcanologists, archaeologists and forensic scientists piece together this incredible mystery. A mix of on location investigation, hands-on experiments and dramatic reconstruction evoke the poignant details of the victims' final moments. High quality CGI shows the incredible power of the Vesuvius eruption and for the first time the faces of the victims are revealed using facial reconstruction techniques. Running Time: 50 mins. Year: 2013.


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