Scientists discover gruesome evidence of the effects of the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in human remains.
In 79 A.D the volcano in Mount Vesuvius erupted, calcinating hundreds of people. This was one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in the history of Europe.
How do we know about the eruption of 79 A.D.?
This natural disaster was witnessed and documented by roman administrator and poet Pliny the Younger, his account of the facts is the only one that remains of that time.
Several roman cities were obliterated the best known are the city of Pompei and the city of Herculaneum. The last one was near the volcano and disappeared under the ashes until archeologist found it centuries ago.
They became major tourist attractions of the region since it provided the opportunity to see how ancient romans lived due to the archeological excavations conducted in the area.
Scientists have studied the samples of the excavations
Scientist discovered in previous research that victims of Mount Vesuvius who died because of the eruption of the volcano died a ghastly death: The explosion provided such an extreme heat that it caused the victim’s blood to boil making their skulls to explode.
However, a recent examination was conducted on the brain matter from one of the Vesuvius victims. This research has revealed an even more disturbing fact.
According to an art article published in Live Science, researchers discovered that the rocks and hot gas that erupted from the volcano destroyed the flesh of one man. The heat was so extreme to the point of turning into black glossy crystal certain pieces of his brain tissue.
The New England Journal of Medicine featured a new paper, published this week, where scientists detailed what had happened. The case of a man who was swallowed by Vesuvius’ hot ash which made his brain burn and later transform into twisted, glassy pieces
These glass fragments of brain were later “encrusted” in the surface of the man’s skull. From whence the scientists were able to gather the unique sample. This process is called vitrification, meaning that the matter goes through extreme heat and transforms into a glass-like.