Ancient Pompeii

A city covered in ashes

August 24th

Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii, Italy, begins to erupt on this day in the year 79; within the next 25 hours, it wipes out the entire town. Hundreds of years later, archaeologists excavated Pompeii and found everything and everyone that had been there that day perfectly preserved by the volcano's ash.

The Horrible Disaster

It was a horrible day in Pompeii. On 79 A.D., Mt. Vesuvius blew

its top! Ash poured out of the volcano and while spitting out rocks

and poisonous gas! Many people of Pompeii had gotten covered in

ashes and died. About 3,360 people died that day!

More information about Pompeii

Pompeii is located in the region of Campania in the province of Naples, situated along Italy's southwestern coast. The settlement grew rapidly during the 7th century BC because the area was a crossroads connecting the ancient cities of Cumae, Stabiae and Nola. Its primary agricultural products were wine and oil, and it was also an important seaport, handling goods imported for distribution in Rome and the surrounding areas.