Plaster casts of bodies found during excavations of Pompeii. These were discovered in the Macellum, a large marketplace located aside the Forum.

Click on above photo to view it in large format: During the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, ash rained down on and covered the city. Encased in the super-heated material, bodies were totally incinerated, leaving a cavity in the cooling ash. Archeologists poured plaster into the cavities to form plaster casts of bodies in Pompeii. Those shown here were discovered in the Macellum, a large marketplace located aside the Forum.