They find in Pompeii the perfectly preserved remains of two men who died in the eruption of Vesuvius, almost 2,000 years ago

They find in Pompeii the perfectly preserved remains of two men who died in the eruption of Vesuvius, almost 2,000 years ago

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The director of the archaeological park, Massimo Osanna, said that this find is "truly exceptional".

The remainsperfectly preserved of two people were recently found during excavations about 700 meters northwest of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

Investigators believe the bodies belonged to a high-status man and his slave, whotried to flee from the eruption of Vesuvius of the year 79 d. C., reported this Saturday the authorities of the Italian archaeological park.

According to archaeologists, the victims managed to escape the initial phase of the disaster, when the city was covered in volcanic ash and pumice, in a cryptoportico - an underground tunnel - in the noble part ofthe town of Civita Giuliana, where they later died from an eruption that occurred the next day.

Massimo Osanna, director of the park, explained that the cause of death was "heat stroke, as evidenced by the fact that their hands and feet are contracted."

The experts detailed that one of the deceased was a young man, between 18 and 25 years old, who had several compressed vertebrae, which led them to believe that it wasa laborer, who performed manual labor, or a slave. In addition, he wore a pleated tunic, possibly made of wool.

Meanwhile, the second victim wasa rich man, between 30 and 40 years old, who had a stronger bone structure, especially in the chest area, and also wore a tunic.

For her part, Osanna stated that thisfind is "truly exceptional", while the country's Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, stressed the importance of Pompeii as a place of study and research.

"This extraordinary discovery shows that Pompeii is an important place in the world not only because of the large number of tourists, but because it is an incredible site for research and studies," he said.

Video: Remains of Two Killed in Vesuvius Eruption Are Discovered at Pompeii


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