Italy: Two new skeletons were excavated in Pompeii

Italy’s Ministry of Culture said on Tuesday that two new skeletons have been found in the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79.

The skeletons found during maintenance work on the famous “House of the Chaste Lovers” are likely those of two men, both over 50 years of age.

They present “multiple fractures due to the collapse of the building”, specifies a press release from the ministry.

According to archaeologists, the inhabitants of Pompeii died not only because of the eruption of Vesuvius, which resulted in a significant fall of lava flows and volcanic ash, but also because of the earthquake that accompanied it and caused the collapse of many buildings.

An archaeologist works on one of two skeletons recently discovered in Pompeii, May 16, 2023 (Parco Archeologico di Pompeii Press Office/AFP – Handout)

“Modern excavation techniques help us better understand the inferno that completely destroyed the city of Pompeii in two days, killing many of its inhabitants,” said Gabriele Zuchtrigel, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, quoted in the press release Went.”

Volcanic ash spewed by Vesuvius 2,000 years ago deposited over most of Pompeii houses, making it possible to preserve them almost completely, as well as the bodies of many of the 3,000 dead due to the disaster.

Pompeii, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the second most visited tourist destination in Italy after the Colosseum in Rome.

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