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New Pompeii exhibit reveals detailed remains

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A new exhibit at Pompeii reveals a more detailed look at the victims of the historic volcanic eruption in A.D. 79, according to the BBC.

The skeletal remains of many of Pompeii's victims were encased in compressed ash, preserving an imprint of the bodies even as the remains decayed. Researchers at Pompeii's workshop have created 3-D molds of the bodies by digging down to the remains and filling the remaining cavities with plaster.

The results are astonishingly lifelike molds of families, children and even animals that have never before been on display. In a video on the BBC's Web site, preserver Stefanie Giudice discusses the process with reporters, saying "It is really a human history. It is not only archeology."