Has anyone ever found or gone looking for similar locations, i.e. volcanic eruption sites in which unfortunate victims – human and non-human – have been entombed in the volcanic ash, with the possibility of revealing their forms by producing casts from the voids? Such sites, if they exist, could reveal exciting new knowledge about ancient peoples and animals.
Probably the best known is more recent, the 1902 eruption of Mt. Pelée on Martinique, where 30,000 people were killed by pyroclastic flows. I don't know the extent of burial - it appears that the city may have been destroyed more by the ash cloud than the dense part of the flow.
Here is another example: Ceren (El Salvador) around A.D. 660 (discovered in 1978).
Ceren is believed to have been home to about 200 people. Researchers have excavated 12 buildings, including living quarters, storehouses, workshops, kitchens, religious buildings and a community sauna. There are dozens of unexcavated structures, and perhaps even another settlement or two under the Loma Caldera volcanic ash, which covers an area of roughly two square miles.
Thus far, no bodies have been found, an indication a precursor earthquake may have given residents a running start just before the eruption.
So no humans (yet?) and no mention of animals.
This references the article The Sociopolitical Economy of an Ancient Maya Village: Cerén and its Sacbe in the Latin American Antiquity magazine of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA).
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