A good article about the upcoming British Museum exhibit in the Financial Times.
It mentions that “a family cowering at the moment of impact is among the most moving things you will ever see in a museum”
The display is not merely about the objects shown but rather a vehicle to get a feeling for the people who used the objects.
“It is in the pots and pans, the jewels and the elegant furniture, the dirty jokes and the outbursts of democratic solidarity, that the spirit of ancient Rome can be found. No place illustrates them like Pompeii.”
” All the really ordinary stuff. Exceptional, but ordinary“
All these items –including a 2000 year old loaf of bread, neatly divided into slices, from a Herculaneum bakery–were preserved thanks to the temperatures of the volcanic ash debris (lava was less responsible for the destruction in these towns).