Two skeletons of inhabitants of Pompeii, who died due to the huge earthquake that accompanied the eruption, have come to light after new excavations in the archaeological area of the city destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in AD 79. c.
This new discovery provides more details of what were the moments of the eruption, since the inhabitants of Pompeii They died not only from the lapilli or small fragments of lava, the ash and the hot gases that Vesuvius gave off, but also from the landslides of a large earthquake connected with the eruption.
This is what happened to the last two victims found, whose skeletons were found during an excavation in the Chaste Lovers areaand They died when a wall fell “between the final phase of lapilli sedimentation and before the arrival of the pyroclastic currents that definitively buried Pompeii”explained today those responsible for the archaeological area in a statement.
This finding constitutes “increasingly clear evidence that, during the eruption, the landslides associated with the accumulation of lapilli or the impact of pyroclastic currents were not the only dangers to the lives of the inhabitants of ancient Pompeii, as they investigate more and more the excavations of the last decades”.
The data of the first anthropological analyzes indicate that both individuals probably died from multiple traumas caused by the collapse of some parts of the building. They were probably two male individuals aged at least 55 years.they explained.
During the extraction of the cervical vertebrae and the skull of one of the two skeletons, remains of organic material emerged, probably a piece of cloth, as well as five elements of glass paste identifiable as beads from a necklace and six coins.
”The discovery of the remains of two Pompeians that took place in the context of the construction work on the Insula de los Castos Amantes demonstrates how much remains to be discovered about the terrible eruption of AD 79 and confirms the opportunity to continue scientific research and activities of excavation”, declared the Italian Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano.
Pompeii is “an immense archaeological laboratory that has regained strength in recent years, astonishing the world with the continuous discoveries brought to light and demonstrating Italian excellence in this sector,” the minister added in the note.
For the director of the archaeological area, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, “Modern excavation techniques help us better understand the hell that completely destroyed the city of Pompeii in two days, killing many inhabitants: children, women and men. With analysis and methodologies we can get closer to the last moments of those who lost their lives”.
(with information from EFE)
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