Pompeii Exhibit at New York City’s Discovery Times Square Shines Light on Buried City


NEW YORK (AP).- A new exhibition from Italy that opens Friday at New York’s Discovery Times Square captures the last gasp of the ancient city of Pompeii before it was buried under volcanic ash, mud and rock when Mount Vesuvius erupted 2,000 years ago. Copies of body casts that researchers made from the skeletal remains of residents buried alive are an eerie part of the exhibit — a crouching man covers his mouth, a chained dog appears contorted, a family of four huddle together. A short film recreates what Pompeians might have felt as they tried to escape. The museum’s floor vibrates as the volcano’s furor grows; a movie screen rises and a double door opens to reveal a funereal scene of 20 “bodies” hardened in poses from their final moments. Pompeii existed for 700 years before it was snuffed out in just 24 hours. “Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius” also chronicles life in the vibr