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In Pompeii, two bodies from the explosion of Vesuvius are found

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Pompeii, Italy /

The archaeological site of Pompeii, in Italy, reported the discovery of two victims of the eruption in the historic city in 97 AD, stating that their bodies could be rebuilt in the position they were in at the time of their death. The two skeletons were found during excavations about 700 meters northwest of Pompeii, in a large villa on the outskirts of the famous Roman city.

The remains were found in a 2.20 meter wide corridor that gave access to the upper floor of the villa, where archaeologists had detected cavities in the hardened ash layers. By pouring plaster into these cracks, according to the technique invented by Giuseppe Fiorelli in 1867, they were able to reconstitute the bodies in their original position.

The eruption surely surprised both victims as they tried to flee. The first, a young man, 1.56 meters tall, dressed in a short tunic and who must have been between 18 and 25 years old, he was probably a slave, as they suggest several compressed vertebrae due to hard physical work. Its head is tilted back and its teeth and skull are visible.

The second victim has his arms folded with his hands on his torso, in a position similar to that of other victims found in Pompeii. It is about a man of 1.62 meters, between 30 and 40 years old, dressed in a tunic and a coat and is probably of the owner of the young slave found next to him.

Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius, is the second most visited site in Italy after the Colosseum in Rome, with about four million visitors in 2019. Only a third of the city, which currently extends over 44 hectares near Naples , has been excavated by archaeologists.


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