World In Pompeii, the moving discovery of two victims of the 79 eruption

18:55  21 november  2020
18:55  21 november  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

New Remains Found at Pompeii Show the Agony of Mount Vesuvius' Victims

  New Remains Found at Pompeii Show the Agony of Mount Vesuvius' Victims Archaeologists working near the ancient city of Pompeii have uncovered the remains of two men who were likely trying to find shelter during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. © Image: Parco Archeologico di Pompei (AP) The casts of two men—possible an enslaved individual (left) and a wealthy individual (right). When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago, the volcano played a cruel trick on the people living nearby. The eruption happened in two major phases, the first of which produced a deluge of pumice and ash.

Plaster casts of two victims that were that were unearthed in an excavation outside ancient Pompeii this month. Credit Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico, via EPA.

The eruption followed a long quiescence period and the inhabitants of the area were surprised by the volcanic events. The first part of the eruption In Pompei , the major casual-ties during the first phase resulted from roof collapses. During the second phase, people were killed either by physical trauma

Photo montrant la reconstitution des corps de deux victimes à Pompéi, un homme de 40 ans environ et son esclave, pris au piège par l'éruption volcanique qui a détruit la ville romaine © Handout Photo showing the reconstruction of the bodies of two victims in Pompeii, a man of about 40 years old and his slave, trapped by the volcanic eruption that destroyed the Roman city

The remains of two victims of the 79 AD eruption in Pompeii have been discovered and their bodies can be reconstructed in the moving position they had at the time of their death, announced Saturday the famous Italian archaeological site in a statement.

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 corridor 2.20 meters wide which 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, using the famous technique invented by Giuseppe Fiorelli in 1867, they were able to reconstruct the bodies in their original position.

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The eruption buried Pompeii in ash, freezing the city and its residents in time, and making it a rich The latest discovery was made this month during an excavation of a large villa on the outskirts of Casts were created of the entire skeletons, using impressions the victims ' bodies had made in the

Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. The Vesuvius volcano did not form overnight, of course. Vesuvius volcano is part of the Campanian volcanic arc that stretches along the convergence

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 ground, at a lower level than the rest of the body. His arms are folded with the hands on the torso, a position similar to those of other victims found in Pompeii. He is a 1.62 m man, aged 30 to 40, dressed in a tunic and a coat and probably the owner of the young slave found by his side.

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

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