The masterful remains of a master and his slave in their last death have been discovered amidst the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
The skeletal remains of what is believed to have been a rich man and his male slave trying to escape death were found during excavations in the Civita Giuliana area.
Portions of skulls and bones from the two men were found near a cryptoporticus or covered gallery in an old villa. Castings of the skeletons are made according to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.
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Pompeii officials said the men apparently escaped the original ash fall from Mount Vesuvius and then succumbed to a powerful volcanic explosion that took place the next morning. The subsequent explosion “apparently invaded the area from many points and surrounded and buried the victims in ashes,”
The remains of the two victims lying next to each other on their backs were found in a layer of gray ash at least 6.5 feet deep, they said.
The ancient city was destroyed after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii was quickly buried by volcanic ash and killed about 2,000 of the city’s residents, according to History.com.
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In 2018, an on-site excavation excavated the skeleton of a man who was crushed by a large boulder while trying to escape the Vesuvius eruption.
Archaeologists also uncovered the last resting place of an ancient racehorse among the ruins of Pompeii.
In addition, a scraped piece of text on a wall in Pompeii also rewrites the story of the famous ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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The charcoal inscription, which was discovered in 2018, suggests that the eruption took place in October 79 AD, two months later than previously thought.
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An investigation also revealed that when Mount Vesuvius erupted, the violent heat caused the victims’ skulls to explode and their blood to boil.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this article.
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