Saturday 21 November 2020
During excavations in the ancient ruined city of Pompeii, archaeologists find two well-preserved skeletons. The researchers manage to understand the living conditions of both men. Several indicators show that they were unequally related to each other.
Archaeologists in Pompeii have succeeded in the sensational reconstruction of two ancient victims of the historical volcanic catastrophe on the Gulf of Naples. The remains of the two men, who are believed to have been surprised by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on October 25, 79 AD, were found during excavations in the area of a suburban villa, as the museum in Pompeii reported.
The experts were enthusiastic about how many details about the duo, such as their clothing, could be found. The researchers discovered the remains of a young person between the ages of 18 and 25, presumably a servant or slave, and a man who was believed to be between 30 and 40 years old.
The older victim was about 1.62 meters tall and more elaborately dressed. According to their analyzes, the scientists suspect he was wearing a tunic and a woolen coat. The vertebrae of the 1.56-year-old boy were compressed, which indicates heavy physical work. He was therefore wearing a short tunic.
Computer animation and lasers in action
The excavations at the villa in Civita Giulina, around 700 meters northwest of Pompeii, had been going on for some time. In 2017 horse remains were also discovered there. The results now presented on the men were made possible because the skeletons were located in cavities under solidified volcanic ash, it said. The researchers used lasers and computer animation. Using a method that had been in use for a long time, casts of the bodies could then be made.
Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini spoke of an “extraordinary discovery”. The museum grounds of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii are closed because of the corona pandemic – like all museums in Italy. But the research continues.
Pompeii was sunk in the eruptions of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Ash, mud and lava buried the settlements. The historic city was rediscovered in the 18th century. Since then, new insights have come to light again and again. The archaeological site is one of the most popular attractions in Italy.