Pompei and Herculaneum were destroyed in 79 C.E. when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
|CREDIT: Vesuvius National Park|
Ring Lady - "The skeletal remains of a young woman killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The skeleton, unearthed from the ruins of Herculaneum in 1982, was named the "Ring Lady" because of the emerald and ruby rings found on the woman's left hand. Two gold bracelets and gold earrings were also found by the woman's side."
Pompei today with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
Here is a view of Mt. Vesuvius from the International Space Station on Jan. 1, 2013. At bottom right of the photo is the outskirts of Naples. Between 4.1 and 4.7 million people live in the greater metropolitan area. By the way, this is an active volcano.
|CREDIT: Cmdr. Mark Hadfield|