Researchers from Archaeological Park of Pompeii this month they discovered the remains of two inhabitants. The bodies were discovered during an excavation in the suburban village of Civita Giuliana, northwest of the city, where in 2017 the remains of three horses had already been found.
Both men died following the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano almost 2,000 years ago. The researchers believe that the two victims relate to a rich man, between 30 and 40 years old, and his slave, between 18 and 23 years old – if the first was wrapped in a woolen cloak, the second was dressed in a short tunic and had several crushed vertebrae, which suggests that he did heavy work. Archaeologists made plaster casts of the two victims and the result is two bodies almost intact and with surprising details.
Investigators believe that the two victims were looking for refuge when they were caught by the eruption and that they most likely died of thermal shock, as their hands and feet were contracted. Both the teeth and bones of both men were preserved.
The remains offer new information about the eruption that buried the ancient Roman city. The discovery is an “incredible source of knowledge for us,” said Massimo Osanna, director of Pompeii Archaeological Park, aforementioned by The New York Times – an example of this is the fact that the men found have woolen clothes, which adds credibility to the idea that perhaps the eruption occurred in October 79 AD and not in August.
Pompeii remains an “incredible place to research, study and train”, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini also said this Saturday.