The researchers in Italy’s Pompeii claimed to have discovered bodies of two victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that happened almost 2,000 years ago in Pompeii. The skeletal remains are believed to be of a rich man and his male slave in 79 AD.
The casts of two victims of the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii (Photo: AP)
Researchers at the archaeological park in Italy said on Sunday that they have discovered the skeletal remains of two victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago in Pompeii. The skeletal remains are believed to be of a rich man and his male slave in 79 AD.
The skeletal remains were unearthed during the excavation of the ruins of a grand villa on the fringes of Pompeii, officials said. In 2017, a stable with the remains of three harnessed horses was excavated in the same area.
“Two skeletons of individuals caught in the fury of the eruption have been found,” the officials at the Italian site near Naples said in a statement. Based on the vestiges of clothing and their physical appearance, the researchers said the figures are those of a young slave and a richer older man.
The remains of the man and his slave were discovered lying next to each other on their backs. They were found in a layer of gray ash at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep, the officials were quoted as saying by AP. They were found in a side room along an underground corridor known as a cryptoporticus.
“The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected,” said archaeologist Massimo Osanna, AP reported.
Judging by cranial bones and teeth, while one of the men was likely aged 18 to 25 when he died, the other could be 30-40 years old at the time of the volcanic eruption. The younger one had a spinal column with compressed discs which led the researchers to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave. The older man died with his hands on his chest.
Pompeii was submerged in ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is now Italy’s second-most visited tourist attraction after Rome’s Colosseum, receiving nearly 4 million visits last year.
While excavations continue at the Pompeii site, tourism has stopped due to coronavirus measures.
(With inputs from AFP)