What happened to Pompeii

By parker day

When it occured

this is a picture of pompeii today:https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&abauth=517e6aebDSLKMKY5G2w2o0-U0XA-Ocfw6MQ&authuser=0&q=pompeii&aq=&vps=3&jsv=453c&sll=19.145168,30.058594&sspn=47.779457,56.513672&vpsrc=6&t=h&num=10

On august 24th, 79 Mount vesuvius exploded, spewing tons of molten ash into the air which covered the city of pompeii in ash.

What the town was like

the city of Pompeii had been a busy Roman port town in 79 A.D. when Mt. Vesuvius erupted, covering the the entire town in ash. The discovery of this ancient city has given archaeologists a clue to what everyday life was like in the Roman empire, This was because the eruption preserved the buildings. Before the volcano exploded the city was a busy place with people going to small theatres to enjoy plays, people going to markets to buy food and clothing, and even practicing religion in temples.

Why people didnt leave the city

When the volcano MT. vesuvius erupted, the people of pompeii didnt leave the city, they thought their houses were strong enough to hold up against the volcano, they didnt know much of what lay beyond their charted land, and so they didnt know where to go.

Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has made some of the continents largest eruptions. It is considered the most dangerous volcano in the world, Pliny the younger, who was a roman historian. witnessed the eruption and has written the oldest surviving descreiption of the eruption, he described the ash as a tall tree shaped cloud that rose above the volcano

archaeologists technology

GPS systems aid archaeologists by mapping a grid for the site where they are digging, it also can be used to see the surrounding area and to help tell whether there are more buildings to uncover, and the GPS allows archaeologists to collect data about the land and store it for future archaeologists.

Pompeii was first discovered in the late 16th century by architect Domenico fontana


People in the city

It is estimated only about a dozen people survived the explosion, about 13 bodys were found preserved perfectly in ash, and have been made into plaster molds for museums.
At about 1:00 p.m. on august 24th, 79 A.D. residents of pompeii saw tree shaped ash erupting from Mt. vesuvius. Most people in the city were either buried in ash, and suffocated, or died from falling buildings.
The Lost City of Pompeii