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Archaeology discovery: 2,000-year-old mystery unearthed in Pompeii at ancient Roman villa
November 21, 2020
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The two men died from a volcanic heat blast, they were then covered by the falling ash. When Vesuvius erupted 2,000 years ago the two men were in a corridor in a wealthy villa in Pompeii. The partial skeletons of each man were found beside a staircase to the wealthy villa’s upper level.
The announcement was made by officials at the archaeological park on Saturday.
The elegant villa where the two men were found is on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city that was devastated when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.
It is thought the two men succumbed to a powerful volcanic blast that took place on the second day of the eruption event.
One of the victims was a youth, aged 18 to 25.
He had a spinal column with compressed discs, this led archaeologists to assume he was a manual labourer, most likely a slave.
The other victim had a more robust bone structure, especially in his chest area.
This led archaeologists to assume he was a wealthier individual.
The cranial bone analysis placed the wealthier man at about 30 to 40 years old.
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The high-status individual and the suspected slave “were perhaps seeking refuge” from the eruption “when they were swept away” said Pompeii director Massimo Osanna.
Archaeologists claim the wealthy man, aged between 30 and 40 was wearing a woolen cloak.
This is because traces of wool were found around his neck.
Speaking to reporters Mr Osanna said: “It was a death by thermal shock, as also demonstrated by their clenched feet and hands.”
Describing the discovery he said the find was “an incredible and extraordinary testimony” of the morning when the eruption took place.
The volcanic eruption buried Pompeii in ash, freezing the site in time, and making it a rich source of investigation for archaeologists.
The discovery of the two men was made this month when archaeologists were carrying out a dig at the large villa.
The villa’s position was on the outskirts of the ancient city.