National Geographic : 1997 Jul
DARK HISTORY Body casts of adults and children lie in a Pompeii garden, the site where they were struck down by an asphyxiating cloud of gas and ash. Plasterthat was poured into cavities left by the decayed bodies created the grim images. Outside a house undergoingexcavation, archaeologistAntonio Varone studies the "layer of death," a dark wave of materialstud ded with blown-off roof tiles. The remains of 2,000 people have beenfound in Pompeii.