3. Pompeii Plaster Casts, Italy
Being buried under 30ft of ash and mud for 1700 years is remarkably preserving to a body. This fact is evident by the human remains found in Pompeii centuries after the devastating volcanic explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavators found that skeletons were enveloped by body-shaped air pockets in the surrounding ash, and plaster casts could be made to bring these impressions back to 3-D form. The resulting collection of reconstituted victims in their final desperate poses is haunting. You can almost hear their silent screams. Various plaster cast ghosts are on display throughout Pompeii, including one of a small dog.