Pompeii unveiled: Jaw-dropping drone footage shows extent of city’s excavation
According to Pompeii expert and archaeologist Steven Ellis, the aerial tour through parts of the city’s ancient streets was filmed as part of research into the incredible excavation efforts undertaken at the site.
It begins at street level, hovering over the ancient cobbled streets before rising up sharply to reveal deadly neighboring Vesuvius looming in the distance. It was in the year 79 AD that a massive eruption from the 1,281-meter-high volcano destroyed the once-thriving Roman city.
Now Pompeii is bustling again but in a different manner – with archaeologists still uncovering evidence of its past, such as the full body of a horse, swamped by lava nearly 2,000 year ago. Uncovered in the Civita Giuliana area of Pompeii, researchers were able to rebuild the shape of the animal in plaster.
In May, management at the government-protected Pompeii Archaeological Park also released the first images of a man believed to have been crushed by a large block and decapitated. It’s thought the man might have been killed while fleeing the eruption.
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