Body cast at Pompeii.
Giuseppe Fiorelli took charge of the archaeological excavations at Pompeii in 1860. During early excavations of the site, occasional voids in the ash layer had been found that contained human remains. It was Fiorelli who realized these were spaces left by the decomposed bodies and so devised the technique of injecting plaster into them to recreate the forms of Vesuvius's victims. This technique is still in use today, with a clear resin now used instead of plaster because it is more durable, and does not destroy the bones, allowing further analysis.
This upload marks the end of my epic (and rather longer than expected!) series from Italy. Thanks for everyone’s much appreciated C&Cs on the series.
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