2,000-year-old Roman gladiator helmet that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii.
Pompeii, the ancient Roman city near today’s Naples in Italy, is still providing archaeologists with plenty of artifacts to analyze and extract information about the past. Pompeii was absolutely annihilated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and most people were killed by the waves of toxic gas, and extremely heated ash and rock.
It is unclear whether the gladiator who owned this helmet survived the volcano’s eruption. However, his helmet, as well as the details on it, managed to remain intact.