August 24 is Vesuvius Day!
On August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing over 3,000 people and burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under 14 to 17 feet and 60 feet, respectively, of ash, mud and volcanic material. The cities were not rebuilt but forgotten until they were accidentally rediscovered in the 18th century and excavated. Excavation revealed the cities as if frozen in time and provided a detailed look into city life during the Roman Empire. Even the bodies of those who died were preserved by the ash and volcanic matter, revealing in detail the death poses of discovered victims.
Learn more about Vesuvius’ most devastating eruption at history.com.
Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com, wikipedia.org