Perhaps one of them was a man of high stature, aged between 30 and 40, who still bore traces of a mystical mantle under his neck.
The second, who was possibly between 18 and 23 years old, wore a tunic and had a number of broken vertebrae, indicating that he was a slave who did hard labor.
The remains were found in Civita Giuliana, 700 meters northwest of Pompeii’s ancient city center, in an underground room in a large villa area that is being excavated.
The men’s teeth and bones were preserved, and the voids left by their soft tissues were filled with gypsum that was left to harden and then drilled to show the outlines of their bodies.
“Perhaps these two victims were looking for shelter when the lava flow washed them away at around 9 am,” said Massimo Osana, director of the archaeological site. “It’s death from heat shock, as evidenced by the pressure of their feet and hands.”
Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said in a statement that the discovery confirms Pompeii’s position as “a wonderful place to research and study”.
Pompeii, 23 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Naples, was home to about 13,000 people when the eruption buried it under ash, gravel, and dust, freezing it over time.
The remains were not discovered until the 16th century and systematic excavations began around 1750. However, recently, attention has focused on stopping the decomposition or the collapse of the exposed monuments.
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