Monday, September 03, 2012

Pompeii artifacts coming to Denver

KUSA - A new exhibit opening in September at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will give a glimpse of ancient life that was frozen in time after a volcano destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii.

"Pompeii is the world's most famous archeological site," Stephen Nash, the curator of "A Day in Pompeii," said. "It's famous because of the exquisite degree of preservation there."

Nash says the volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 is what preserved the objects so well.

"You can see body casts. You can see frescos. You can see everyday objects - and these are really compelling archeological objects that we can relate to very, very strongly as Americans," Nash said.

The exhibit also features a digital re-construction that depicts the final 24 hours of Pompeii. Nash says it gives a 21st century look at a first-century time capsule.

"It's really hard to visualize [the final hours] if you're just reading about it, but this video is compelling," Nash said. "You'll be glued for the entire run of that video, and you'll probably want to see it again just to understand how complex an event and how devastating an event that really was."

"A Day in Pompeii" opens to the public Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Jan. 13, 2013.