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This Drone Video Flies Over the Ruins of Pompeii


Pompeii was the famous ancient Roman city that was buried under volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79, trapping many of the inhabitants before they could flee. Here’s a new 53-second drone video that flies through and over the city as it stands today after centuries of excavations, offering a beautiful perspective of the area.

The video was shot and published by the Porta Stabia archaeological group led by Professor Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati. Mount Vesuvius can be seen on the horizon in the latter part of the video as the drone rises up into the sky.

“Bringing our Pompeii excavation to publication has been hard, really hard,” Ellis writes. “But maybe our drone video of our neighborhood conveys something of the scale and complexity.”

(via Steven Ellis via Laughing Squid)