Victims of Pompeii examined with CT scanner

Scientists are using a medical CT scanner to examine the bodies of dozens of people who were killed in the AD 79 eruption of Mt Vesuvius that engulfed the ancient Roman town of Pompeii.

A casting from the body of a victim of the Pompeii eruption.

A casting from the body of a victim of the Pompeii eruption. Image by Chris Williamson / CC BY 2.0

The analysis has uncovered interesting new information about the people’s lives and how they died. Analysis has shown that many of them suffered fractured skulls before they died, which probably happened when the roofs of houses they were sheltering in collapsed under the weight of pumice raining down from the volcanic ash cloud. One positive discovery is that they have very good teeth, which has been put down to their healthy, low-sugar Mediterranean diet. Read more, and watch the video: telegraph.co.uk

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