chapter  38
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VICTIMS OF THE CATACLYSM

ByEstelle Lazer

Skeletal evidence was regularly found in Pompeii from the first excavations in 1748(cf. Foss, Ch. 3). Skeletons were initially only considered to be of interest as grim reminders of the tragedy. They were retained to create macabre tableaux for the edification of visiting dignitaries.1 In the first hundred years of excavation skeletons were not well documented. Further, they were not carefully stored and, over time, the skeletal remains became disarticulated.