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The End

By Philip_H
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.

Best wishes,

Tags: Death Italy Archaeology Pompeii Portraits and people Body cast Giuseppe Fiorelli

Voters: SlowSong, mrswoolybill, jdinne and 13 more

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SlowSong Plus
8 6.9k 30 England
5 Oct 2012 6:59PM
Isn't that amazing? Preserved with almost perfect detail. So interesting.

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1692 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:12PM
This is a cast of the void left by a body that burnt to ashes. An identity that survived total annihilation. Moving, still tragic even after so many centuries. A thought-provoking end to the series.
jdinne 14 16 England
5 Oct 2012 7:46PM
Amazing Philip very interesting narrative to this great image.

carper123 Plus
5 1.0k 8 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 8:03PM
Wow , Phillip that is one very emotive image, superbly presented.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
5 Oct 2012 8:04PM
"Amazing" is really what comes to mind when seeing this and learning the process. What a tragic end. Still existing as a duplicate of former form is really amazing! Thank you for sharing this and info.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 149 England
5 Oct 2012 8:30PM
A 'peaceful' capture, unlike the other guy in the glass case!

HELANA 7 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 10:59PM
Lovely close up portrait of the statue,You really know the subjet,well done.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 5:23AM
An extremely beautiful and peaceful image.

Regards Nathan

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