Archaeologists uncover remains of Pompeii victim 'decapitated while trying to flee'

Casey Dawson
June 1, 2018

Officials said the man had suffered from a leg infection that may have caused walking difficulties and thus impeded his escape.

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a man in Pompeii who they believe survived the first blast of Mount Vesuvius only to be crushed by a stone block launched by the volcanic cloud as he was attempting to flee almost 2,000 years ago.

The Parco Archeologico di Pompei's assessment of the find suggests "that the individual survived the first eruptive phase of the volcano, and subsequently sought salvation along the alley now covered in a thick layer of lapilli [rocks ejected by a volcano]".

The victim, believed to have been over 30 years of age at the time of his odd death, appears to have been found lying face up.

The unlucky bloke, estimated to be in his mid-30s was said by officials to have been struck after the rock was "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud".

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Archaeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, found the man's remains from A.D. 79.

The massive explosion of Vesuvius, which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, is one of history's best-known natural disasters.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted way back in the year AD 79, it was one of the most catastrophic events that humans had ever experienced up to that point. Archaeologists began new excavations at the site in March at a section called "Regio V".

They also managed, for the first time, to make a cast of the complete body of a horse that was killed in the eruption. In the 1800s and 1900s, they dug in the area where we found the skeleton, but they did not go as deep as we did. The remains of his skull have not yet been found.

This process involves injecting liquid plaster into the cavities left behind when bodies encased in volcanic ash from the eruption decomposed.

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