Saturday, August 11, 2012

Article: SContemplating the fate of pompeii volcano victims

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world's only daily column that's wondering how we'd feel if, after being roasted alive and buried in volcanic ash, people were gawking at our oddly preserved bodies a few thousand years later.

To be sure, we'd be dead and, unless we were a-haunting the world o' the living, we'd never know. But still, you have to wonder. Most people would like to think that, after we die, we either get buried or cremated or perhaps even chopped up for science — but no one says they want to be mummified or otherwise preserved in death for all to see.

We're talking, of course, about that hot August day in AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried what was, until then, apparently a very nice, thriving Roman city called Pompeii. If this is the kind of thing that lights your rocket or turns your Twinkie, you'll want to start prepping for a big exhibit all this starting Sept. 15 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science over there in Heeney.