Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of two men – a master and his slave – in the ancient Italian city of Pompeii, apparently fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago.
Parts of men’s skulls and bones were found side by side during the excavation of a once elegant villa with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, Italian officials announced on Saturday.
Researchers believe the couple escaped the original ash fall and died the next morning when another powerful explosion buried them in more than 6 feet of ash, the Associated Press reported.
The home was on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Nearby is a stable where the remains of three exploited horses were found in 201
A man was probably between 18 and 25 years old and had compressed spinal discs, suggesting he was working manually. Impressions of fabric folds in the ash layer suggest that he was wearing a short, pleated tunic.
The other man was older, 30 to 40 years old and had a robust bone structure. He appeared to have a cloak over his left shoulder over a tunic.
Archaeologists poured liquid chalk into the cavities left by the corpses in the ashes and pumice, which destroyed the villa’s upper levels. The technique provides the picture of the victims’ shape and position in the death, making the remains act as statues.