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As bodies decomposed over time, air pockets formed. As archaeologists found the air pockets, they poured plaster into them to form a cast in the exact form of the body (of a person or animal) left. These casts tell us what a normal day was like for them. They also tell us that the people of Pompeii did not think Mt. Vesuvius was a volcano.
Pompeii wall frescoes had 4 styles: Encrustation style, Architectural style, Psuedo Egyptin style, and Ornamental style. The Encrustation style was very popular from 150 B.C. to 80 B.C. It had a stucco base, which imitated the look of marble and used a variety of colors. The Architectural style was popular from 80 B.C. to 40 A.D. These frescoes were open to the outside world and had a lot of columns in them. The Pseudo Egyptian style had a lot of Egyptian elements (lotus flower, small stars, rosettes, colored fillets, a band running above the skirting with details of still life scenes, gardens with bulrushes, and elegant birds in a variety of positions). These frescoes had large scale subjects and were popular from 40 A.D. to 62 A.D. The scenes were very flat. The ornamental style was popular from 62 A.D. to 79 A.D. These frescoes covered the whole wall and had a base of stucco. They also showed a sign of wealth. The frescoes were not signed because multiple people had worked on them. All styles were covered with a wax covering.
When gold coins were found in Pompeii, they had very poor quality. Most of the coins were found in body casts. These coins were made from Ebusus and Massalia. They were locally made beacuse there was a lot of local trading.
By: Morgan Wolfe 19