The two skeletons were found during excavations that run 700 meters northwest of Pompeii, in a large village on the outskirts of the famous Roman city.
The bodies were in a 2.20 meter wide corridor that gave access to the upper floor of the village, where archaeologists detected cavities in the hardened ash layers. By pouring plaster, according to the technique invented by Giuseppe Fiorelli in 1867, they were able to reconstruct the bodies in their original position. The eruption would have surprised both victims who tried to escape.
According to The Guardian, the researchers say they are two men, one in his 30s and 40s who, due to his tunic and bone structure, would be a wealthy man, and another one between 18 and 25 years old who would be a slave, marks on the vertebrae, evidence of heavy work.
Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79 d. C., is the second most visited site in Italy after the Colosseum in Rome, with about four million visitors in 2019. Only a third of the city, which currently extends over 44 hectares near Naples, has been excavated by archaeologists.