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    Vesuvius eruption AD79 - face of victim reconstructed

    Not crime related, but interesting nonetheless.

    Scientists piece together the exploded skull of a 50-year-old man, who died in 500C heat from the Mount Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago, to reveal his face for the first time

    The exploded skull of a man who died in the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago has been pieced together giving scientists a unique opportunity to capture the ancient face using 3D imaging.

    It is the first real-life reconstruction of the features of a victim of the volcanic disaster who lived in the ill-fated seaside town of Herculaneum.

    The appearance is that of a typical southern European who may have been wealthy and educated because he was 50 years old when he died - an unusual milestone for the time.

    He was one of 350 casualties discovered frozen in time, buried under volcanic ash in Herculaneum.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...-Vesuvius.html

    I did wonder about putting this chap in the Unidentified section but decided there's probably nobody still looking for him.

    However, it's worth mentioning that the Roman writer Pliny the Elder died during the eruption on the shore at Herculaneum - and he was around 55 or 56 when he died (around the right age) and from the upper class (as the UID was believed to be). Had his companions not found his body when they returned to the site several days later when the eruption was ended, I would suggest calling it in .....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pliny_the_Elder

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelmothTheLost View Post
    Not crime related, but interesting nonetheless.

    Scientists piece together the exploded skull of a 50-year-old man, who died in 500C heat from the Mount Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago, to reveal his face for the first time



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...-Vesuvius.html

    I did wonder about putting this chap in the Unidentified section but decided there's probably nobody still looking for him.

    However, it's worth mentioning that the Roman writer Pliny the Elder died during the eruption on the shore at Herculaneum - and he was around 55 or 56 when he died (around the right age) and from the upper class (as the UID was believed to be). Had his companions not found his body when they returned to the site several days later when the eruption was ended, I would suggest calling it in .....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pliny_the_Elder
    Fascinating! Thank you very much for sharing it.

    -Nin
    If the key does not fit, it's the wrong key.

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    Super cool, I didn't know scientists were trying to create reconstructions of the victims. I'd be interested to see if they're able to recreate more faces in the future.

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    wild!



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