The woman in this picture was found in the boat docks in Herculaneum. She was a young woman. We can tell this by looking at her bones but we can also tell she was a slave because there is stress on her back and her spine shows signs of excessive labor. If you look in her arms you see a little patch of bone, it is actually a baby's head.
Surgical instruments. From Pompei - Rome, Museo Storico Nazionale Dell’Arte Sanitaria (Medical Art Museum)
“Eerie images of people, like this one of what appears to be a sleeping child, were made when archaeologists found gaps in the volcanic ash that covered Pompeii, which they then filled with plaster. The child depicted here was not sleeping, but dead, a victim of the eruption. The falling ash first killed the child and then hardened before the body decomposed, leaving a hollow, a perfect child-shaped mold of one of those unfortunate enough to have been caught in the catast