In nearby Herculaneum, archeologists found clusters of bones in the ruins of huts near the shore—where the boats would have been kept—suggesting residents tried to escape while the ash and pumice rained down, whereas in Pompeii, they were buried so quickly they were found with baskets that may have held sun-ripened fruit or warm bread and amphoras full to the brim
with freshly pressed olive oil or wine carried home from the market on what otherwise may have been a lovely summer day.
W.A. Hawkins is a writer from South Louisiana. You can find his work in The Big Three: No Contact, HAD, and Rejection Letters.
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