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Naples should study Vesuvius blast

Bronze-age farmers escaping a massive volcanic eruption abandoned their homes in and around what is today the Italian city of Naples, leaving food and cooking implements on their tables as they fled.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 12:09 IST
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Bronze-age farmers escaping a massive volcanic eruption abandoned their homes in and around what is today the Italian city of Naples, leaving food and cooking implements on their tables as they fled.

Others were trapped and died where they had lived, their bodies a warning that the modern city needs to consider the threat from Mount Vesuvius in planning for the future, said Michael Sheridan, a geology professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In one area there were ‘the molds of four huts with pottery and other objects left inside; skeletons of a dog and nine pregnant goat victims found in a cage; and footprints of adults, children and cows filled in by the first fallout pumice’. The eruption occurred about 3,780 years ago.

The remains have been under study in the last couple of years by archaeologists. The blast was much larger than the eruption of AD 79 that buried the towns near the mountain.