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2,000-year-old Roman gladiator helmet that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii.
Archaeologists are still pulling artifacts from excavations at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city near modern-day Naples, Italy, that was completely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Despite smoke and tremors, many residents of the city chose to stay. Most were killed when the volcano sent waves of toxic gas into the city, then rained down super-heated ash and rock. We don’t know if the gladiator who wore this helmet survived the natural disaster, but his metal headwear did. Even all the details on the helmet remained intact after the eruption.
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