Pompei, Bodies Of Evidence, Daily life


Pompeian's were well nourished and healthy. Only about 10% showed signs of arthritis (mainly in the old). 11% of the female skeletons revealed symptoms of a minor disorder called Hyperostosis Frontalis Interna (HFI). Other signs showed that Pompeian's lived well into their 50's and 60's. The teeth in many of the skulls were very worn down, some showing the nerve. This was probably caused by grit or stones found in bread. Some teeth had cavities and heavy build of plaque. Signs of gum disease and abscesses related to tooth decay. No signs of dental extractions, fillings, crowns or false teeth. Archaeologists found the main causes of death:

Asphyxiation ( suffocation) was most common
Thermal shock
Concussion from projectiles or falling masonry/timbers.