An Excavation of the COVID-19 Pandemic ================================================= Contemplating Pompeii’s sudden demise in A.D. 79, an anthropologist asks what future generations will uncover when they sift through the pandemic’s remains. With over 131 million people fully vaccinated in the U.S. and numbers of new infections dropping nationwide, some have started to declare the “end” of the pandemic, despite surging cases across much of the world. Whenever the pandemic officially ends, it will leave traces that will linger well into the future. As archaeologists know, even events in the deep past—long over and largely forgotten—continue to haunt the present. No one knows this better than the researchers who are still sifting through the remains of Pompeii, a city consumed by a volcanic eruption in A.D. 79. In November 2020, as cases of COVID-19 surged across much of the world, two new bodies were recovered in one of the ancient villas destroyed by a shower of pumice stones, ash, and lapilli. Though they died nearly 2,000 years ago, finding them elicited an “emotional impact” even now, said Massimo Osanna, departing director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, in a Culture Ministry video. https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/pandemic-archaeology/?utm_source=pocket-newtab-intl-en
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