I'm sure it was loads of bodies covered in ash almost frozen in a moment of history, some were even preserved this way in cowering positions as they knew that the volcano was going to hit......
at the site-they found many, many "pockets" or "holes" underneath almost 6 feet of ash. at first they believed they were just "air pockets" or "bubbles" that formed because the ash fell so quickly and heavily-BUT- they went to fill in these pockets with cement (so tourists would not fall into "sink-holes") and when the cement dried-somehow the archaeologists saw that the "holes" were actually shaped like bodies-ALL OF THEM! they then learned that the people of Pompeii had NOT escaped in time as originally thought-they had been buried alive. The ash fell and buried them-then the ash hardened around the bodies-then the bodies decomposed and the ash chemicals ate the bones-so all that was left were human shaped "pockets" in the sediment-which you would never know WERE from humans untill you go ti fill it up and the shapes that come out look like people!
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