Skeletons show dramatic final seconds


Two skeletons were found during excavations at the archaeological site of Pompeii. These are the victims of the earthquake that accompanied the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, Italian Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano announced on Tuesday. The victims are two men around the age of 55 who were found under the rubble of a house. The skeletons provide a clue as to what must have happened in the last few seconds before the men died…

The two men were reported to have died of multiple trauma after parts of a building collapsed as a result of the quake. Part of the room’s wall collapsed, hitting one of the men whose raised arm was a tragic image of a futile attempt to protect himself from falling masonry, the minister said. The condition of another section of the wall shows the dramatic force of the earthquake that accompanied the volcanic eruption: the entire top section broke off and fell into the chamber, crushing and burying the other person.

Also discovered furniture
Six coins and five pieces of glass paste were found with a skeleton, which could be identified as chain shackles. Some objects were also found in the room where the bodies were. Like an amphora leaning against the wall in the corner next to one of the corpses, and a collection of vases, dishes and jugs.

Expert: There is still a lot to discover
“Pompeii is a huge archaeological laboratory that continues to amaze the world with new discoveries,” explains the minister. “Modern excavation techniques help us to better understand the inferno that completely destroyed the city of Pompeii in two days and killed many of its inhabitants,” explains the director of the archaeological park, German cultural manager Gabriel Breeding Riegel. The discovery of the remains of the two Pompeians is a testament to how much remains to be discovered at the archaeological site.

The ancient city of Pompeii was located at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius. During eruptions in 79 AD. Ash, mud and lava buried the settlements and partially preserved the city. Pompeii was rediscovered in the 18th century. The excavation site, which repeatedly uncovers sensational finds, is one of the most popular sights in Italy and one of the country’s top tourist attractions

Source: Krone


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