Saturday 23 September 2017

Eerie new display in museum shows final moment before Pompeii family’s death

A whole family killed at Pompeii is displayed at the Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum exhibition.
A whole family killed at Pompeii is displayed at the Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum exhibition.
The preserved body of a mule driver in a crouching position is shown at the Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum exhibition at The British Museum.
The body of a woman, killed in Pompeii, who has been preserved in resin is shown at the Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum exhibition at The British Museum.
The remains of a charcoal filled brazier are displayed.
An employee looks at the body of a woman, killed in Pompeii, who has been preserved in resin at the Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum exhibition.
A carbonised loaf of bread at the Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum exhibition.
A reconstructed child's cradle.
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A NEW display at a London museum shows the bodies of an entire family who died during the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

The eruption almost 2,000 years ago wiped out the entire town of Pompeii, encasing its victims under mountains of ash.

The new display at The British museum features a sign advising parental caution; such is the disturbing nature of some of the exhibits.

As well as the family, the exhibition also displays a cradle with the charred bones of a baby burnt to death by the eruption.

Another display shows the terrifying last moments of one of the victims - a man crouched on the ground, holding his head in his hands.

Despite the disturbing nature of some of the displays, the exhibition also offers a fascinating look a Roman life two millennia ago.

A perfectly preserved carbonated loaf of bread as well as sexually explicit sculptures have also grabbed the public’s attention.

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