Culture The bodies of two victims of the eruption of Vesuvius found and reconstructed

ARCHEOLOGY The two remains were discovered in a large villa on the outskirts of Pompeii

Posted on 11/21/20 at 6:42 p.m.
– Updated 11/21/20 at 6:42 p.m.

The reconstruction was intended to be as faithful as possible to the last moments of their lives. The remains of two victims of the 79 AD eruption in
Pompeii have recently been discovered. Their bodies could be reconstructed in the position they had at the time of their death, the famous archaeological site said on Saturday.
Italian in a press release.

The two skeletons were discovered during research about 700 meters northwest of Pompeii, in a large villa on the outskirts of the famous Roman city.

They were in a 2.20 meter wide hallway that gave access to the upper floor of the villa, where archaeologists had detected cavities in the layers of hardened ash. By running plaster in these crevices, according to the famous technique invented by Giuseppe Fiorelli in 1867, they were able to reconstruct the bodies in their original position..

The two victims were probably surprised by the eruption as they tried to flee. The first, a young man of 1.56 m wearing a short tunic who must have been between 18 and 25 years old, was probably a slave, as several vertebrae hunched up due to hard physical labor suggest.. His head tilted back shows his teeth and his skull.

The second victim, on the other hand, has his face turned towards the earth, at a lower level than the rest of the body. His arms are folded with the hands on his chest, a position similar to those of other victims found in Pompeii. He is a 1.62m man, aged 30-40, wearing a tunic and cloak and probably the owner of the young slave found next to him.

Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, is the second most visited site in Italy after the Coliseum in Rome, with nearly four million visitors in 2019. Only a third of the site, which currently covers 44 hectares not far from Naples, has been unearthed by archaeologists.

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