The Destruction of Pompeii. By, Taylor Marks May 18, 2010 Pd. 4. The volcano itself -Mt. Vesuvius-. Height: 1277 meters (4190 feet) Base: 48 kilometers (30 miles) Location: Southern Italy near Naples Age: 17,000 years old Eruptions: over 50 (most famous in 79 A.D )
By, Taylor Marks
May 18, 2010
The first time anything of Pompeii was uncovered was in 1599. In 1748, Spanish military leader Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre rediscovered Pompeii in intentional excavations. During the 1860 excavation, Giuseppe Fiorelli discovered that the empty voids in the ash layer that contained human remains were the spaces left by the decomposed bodies.