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New Study Shows Brain-damaged Child Was Well Cared for 100,000 Years Ago -- A new study has revealed the discovery of a Paleolithic child who appears to have suffered extensive brain damage after an injury, but survived for years afterwards. People must have spent years looking after the child. The finding dispels beliefs that parenting in the Paleolithic was excessively harsh. Click through for the article in its entirety.
The analysis revealed, among other facts, that the victims of Pompeii had very healthy teeth. Nearly 2,000 years after Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in ash and pumice, advanced imaging technology is bringing to life the victims of the devastating eruption. The CT scanning of the remains has been made possible thanks to a technique devised in 1863 by the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli that produced plaster casts of bodies and objects buried under the ash.
VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2005. Entrance doorway. According to Garcia y Garcia, the entrance and a small part of the atrium were newly excavated in 1910. The walls of the atrium appeared very grand to the excavators being decorated in glittering IV stile. The external façade to the south of the entrance was covered with a frescoed decoration partly conserved. In the bombardment of 13th September 1943, a bomb fell on this entrance. See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei...
Restorers are working on the carefully preserved plaster casts of 86 of the Romans trapped in Pompeii in 79 AD, including children seemingly frozen in terror. Here, Stefano Vanacore, director of the laboratory at Pompeii Archaeological Site can be seen carrying the remains of a petrified child in his arms
This is the Forum of Pompeii as it would have looked in the year 61 CE. In February of 62 CE, an intense earthquake left the Forum and parts of the city in ruin. 17 years later on Aug 24 in 79 CE, Mt.Vesuvius erupted. The Emperor Nero ruled the Roman Empire at the time. It is estimated up to 3,000 people died out of a population of 20,000. Most people evacuated just after Vesuvius erupted. The citizens & slaves took what they could carry, leaving behind treasures of artifacts still in place.