Secrets of the Dead "Herculaneum Uncovered" on WXXI-TV

Secrets of the Dead "Herculaneum Uncovered" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 8:00pm

Unlike Pompeii, Herculaneum was not suffocated by falling ash, but by blistering pyroclastic flows.

Credit: Courtesy of Francesco Cavaliere

A modern archaeological investigation into the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

On August 24, A.D. 79, the people of Herculaneum, a prosperous seaside town in Italy’s Bay of Naples, watched in horror as Mount Vesuvius erupted, hurling a boiling, churning column of gas and ash 10 miles high into the sky. They saw the wind carry the deadly cloud toward the neighboring city of Pompeii, where the hapless citizens suffered a slow and torturous death in the poisonous detritus. It was only a matter of time before Vesuvius would unleash its fury on Herculaneum, killing its citizens in an even more spectacular and gruesome way.

Secrets of the Dead "Herculaneum Uncovered" airs Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

Part detective story, part true-life drama, Secrets of the Dead explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events. Using the latest investigative techniques, forensic science and historical examination to unearth new evidence, the series shatters accepted wisdom, challenges prevailing ideas, overturns existing hypotheses, spotlights forgotten mysteries and ultimately rewrites history.