Roma. Two skeletons of Pompeii residents who were killed by the massive earthquake that accompanied the eruption have come to light following new excavations at the archaeological site of the city destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in AD 79. C.
This new discovery provides more information about the moments of the eruption, as the inhabitants of Pompeii were killed not only by lapilli or small pieces of lava, ash and hot gases that Vesuvius released, but also by the collapse of a major earthquake. were also connected. explosion.
This is what happened to the last two victims, whose skeletons were found during an excavation on Chast Lover’s Island, and who died when a wall collapsed “between the last stages of sedimentation of the lapilli and before the arrival of the pyroclastic”. The currents certainly buried Pompeii”, explained those responsible for the archaeological zone in a statement today.
The discovery is “increasingly clear evidence that, during the eruption, landslides associated with the accumulation of lapilli or the effects of pyroclastic currents were not the only threats to the lives of the inhabitants of ancient Pompeii, as they investigate more and more excavations over the past decades.” Of “.
Data from the first anthropological analysis indicated that both men died from multiple traumas, possibly due to falling parts of the building. They were probably two men at least 55 years old, he explained.
During extraction of the cervical vertebrae and 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 in the context of construction work on Insula de los Castos Amantes shows how much remains to be discovered about the catastrophic eruption of AD 79 and confirms the opportunity for continued scientific research and activities . of excavation”, declared Italy’s Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano.
“Pompeii” is a giant archaeological laboratory that has gained strength in recent years, continues to surprise the world with discoveries and demonstrate Italian excellence in this field, the minister said in the note.
For Gabriele Zuchtrigel, Director of the Archaeological Zone, “Modern excavation techniques help us to better understand the inferno that completely destroyed the city of Pompeii in two days, killing many inhabitants: children, women and Men: With analysis and methodology we can get closer to the final moments of those who lost their lives.