Kathmandu : Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of two men who died in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago.
One was probably a man of high status, aged between 30 and 40 , who still bore traces of a woolen cloak under his neck.
The second probably aged 18 to 23, was dressed in a tunic and had a number of crushed vertebrae, indicating that he had been slave who did heavy labor.
Both skeletons were found in a side room along an underground corridor, or passageway, known in ancient Roman times as a cryptoporticus, which led to upper level of the villa.
“The victims were probably looking for shelter, where they thought they were better protected,” said Osanna director of the archeologist site. “It is a death by thermal shock, as also demonstrated by their clenched feet and hand.”
Pompeii was engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
The eruption buried Pompeii in ash, freezing the city and its residents in time, and making its a rich source for for archeologists.
The latest discovery was made this month during an excavation of a large villa on the outskirts of the ancient city.