Our destination? Pompeii, 79 C.E. The day of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which killed thousands, but preserved this Roman city and its artifacts, providing us with glimpses into life in the Roman Empire. Most of the exhibit displays artifacts from daily life in Pompeii, including tools that look identical to those we use today! The grill and gardening implements may, in fact, be better preserved than the rusty ones languishing in my garage. The castings of the spaces where bodies lay were certainly sobering, but a valuable educational opportunity that supports our learning about ancient cultures and the Roman Empire.