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Pompeii Casts. Other plaster-casts.

 

Villa Regina pig

 

Villa Regina, Boscoreale. The information card says: The villa was a farm and vineyard. This pig was found in a room of the villa, where it must have sought refuge during the eruption.
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Villa Regina, Boscoreale. The information card says: The villa was a farm and vineyard. This pig was found in a room of the villa, where it must have sought refuge during the eruption.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

Villa Regina, Boscoreale. Pig found in a room of the villa, where it must have sought refuge during the eruption. 
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Villa Regina, Boscoreale. Pig found in a room of the villa, where it must have sought refuge during the eruption.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

 

Unidentified victims

 

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Giuseppe Fiorelli, director of the Pompeii Excavations, developed a technique to obtain casts of the corpses found within the ash layer by simply pouring plaster into the voids left by the bodies into the compacted ash deposit. This method was first applied in February 1863 when the casts of 4 bodies, then identified as a family escaping the town, were obtained.

 

Other significant discoveries made by means of this method were:

9 corpses in the Giardino del Criptoportico (Garden of the Cryptoporticus) (1914),

13 corpses in the Orto dei Fuggiaschi (Garden of the Fugitives) (1961),

10 corpses in the Casa del Bracciale d’Oro (House of Golden Bracelet) (from 1958 to 1970),

21 corpses outside the Porta Nola (1908-1911 and 1976-1978)

and 9 corpses in Regio I, Insula 22  (1989).

 

See Luongo G., Perrotta A., Scarpati C., De Carolis E., Patricelli G., Ciarallo A., 2002.

Impact of the AD 79 explosive eruption on Pompeii, II. Causes of death of the inhabitants

 

The appendices each give a very useful list of the corpses found giving the location, date of recovery, number of corpses and the archive references.

 

Appendix A

Corpses found within the lower lapilli pumice fall deposit

 

Appendix B

Corpses found within the upper stratified ash and pumice lapilli pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) deposits

 

In all there are believed to be around 86 casts.

Below are some victims that we have not managed to identify.

 

Unidentified victim 1, The Anonymous Man

 

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2011. Plaster cast of unidentified victim on display in the storerooms on the west side of the Forum.  
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2011. Plaster cast of unidentified victim on display in the storerooms on the west side of the Forum. 

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2006. Plaster cast of The Anonymous Man on display in the storerooms on the west side of the Forum.

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2006. Plaster cast of The Anonymous Man on display in the storerooms on the west side of the Forum.

 

 

Unidentified Victim 2. The Shackled Man.

 

Unidentified victim 2, The Shackled Man. The exhibition card says:
The shackles on this man's ankles identify him – even so long after death – as a criminal or a slave, left behind when others fled Pompeii.
He had struggled to reach one of the town gates when the pyroclastic surge overtook him.
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Unidentified victim 2, The Shackled Man. The exhibition card says:

The shackles on this man's ankles identify him – even so long after death – as a criminal or a slave, left behind when others fled Pompeii.

He had struggled to reach one of the town gates when the pyroclastic surge overtook him.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

Unidentified victim 2, The Shackled Man. Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

 

Unidentified victim 2, The Shackled Man. Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

Unidentified victim 2, The Shackled Man. Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

 

 

Unidentified Victim 3, man holding his hand over his mouth

 

Unidentified Victim 3, man holding his hand over his mouth. The exhibition card says:
This man may have been holding his hand over his mouth, trying to avoid suffocation.
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

Unidentified Victim 3, man holding his hand over his mouth. The exhibition card says:

This man may have been holding his hand over his mouth, trying to avoid suffocation.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

 

Unidentified Victim 3, man holding his hand over his mouth. View from rear.
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

Unidentified Victim 3, man holding his hand over his mouth. View from rear.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum.  September 2009.

 

 

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman

 

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman. Two victims discovered in a house in Pompeii. 
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman. Two victims discovered in a house in Pompeii.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman. The exhibition card says:
These two people were found together in a Pompeii house, the man reaching out to the woman before they died.
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman. The exhibition card says:

These two people were found together in a Pompeii house, the man reaching out to the woman before they died.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman. 
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman on left side of the group of casts. 
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

Unidentified Victim 4, man reaching out to woman on left side of the group of casts.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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