Pompeii was an ancient Roman city buried under 20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice many centuries ago. Many of its citizens were not able to escape and were buried alive, along with their ancient city’s culture and way of life.
However, recent archaeologic findings may help us shed a brighter light on who these people were, how they lived, and how they looked like.
A group of scientists are now studying 15 bodies that were found together in the east of the city. They were found in contorted positions and in groups of 3 or 4, leading the scientists to theorize that they died helping each other. This sparked an even greater curiosity in them to examine the bodies in more detail and gain more insight into the ancient life of Pompeii.
They brought in 3D scanners and X-ray machines and took high resolution photographs and scans of the preserved bodies, in an attempt to reconstruct some of the people’s features that may reveal details into their identity and the life of Pompeiians in general.
One particular cast was found to be male, 25-30 years old and was most likely a soldier. They put the photographs together in 3D rendering and the image is moving. It is intensely lifelike and almost feels like you have lived a life alongside this young soldier.
Watch the full video here to see how he might have looked like 2000 years ago and what we can know about his fellow Pompeiians from this.