In the ruins of the Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, archaeologists have rediscovered victims of the natural disaster that occurred there nearly 2,000 years ago. It concerns two remains, most likely of a rich man and a suspected slave.
The director of the archaeological excavations in Pompei says the two men were seeking shelter when Mount Vesuvius erupted:
The skeletons are exceptionally well preserved. They were in a cellar in a villa on the outskirts of Pompeii. There, the two likely hid during the eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius in AD 79. Remains of horses were also discovered near the same site in 2017.
The Italian Culture Minister, Dario Franceschini, spoke of an “extraordinary discovery”. Archaeologists are particularly enthusiastic about the many details on the remains.
The wealthy man of supposedly high status was between 30 and 40 years old. Traces of a woolen cloak were found around his neck. The other man was about 20 years old. Investigators deduce that he was a slave from his bruised ribs, which indicate that he was doing hard work.
Their clenched fists, among other things, show that they died from the effects of the volcanic eruption, the researchers said. Pompeii had about 13,000 inhabitants when Vesusvius erupted.