June 21, 2018

Archaeologists find man crushed while fleeing Pompeii

01 June 2018, 05:07 | Marta Robbins

Italian Ministry for Arts and Culture

Italian Ministry for Arts and Culture

The man, who was at least 30 years old, was the first victim to be found in a new, unexplored excavation site called Regio V, north of the city, according to a statement from the Pompeii Archaeological Park.

An initial analysis of the scene in Italy shows the victim likely survived the first phase of the volcano's eruption and went into an alley seeking shelter.

Officials said the man suffered an infection of the tibia, which might have caused walking difficulties, impeding his escape. Then, he was thrown backward by apyroclastic flow-a dense current of volcanic rock, hot gas and debris that speeds down the side of a volcano, destroying everything it touches.

But archaeologists have not been able to track down his head, reports The Sun.

The discovery has been described as "an exceptional find" by the site's general director, Massimo Osanna.

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Anthropologist Valeria Amoretti brushes dust off the unlucky victim.

A large stone block, possibly a door jamb from the upper level of the building, dragged by the heavy ash cloud, hit the top half of his body and crushed the upper part of his chest and head, which have not yet been unearthed.

"Beyond the emotional impact of these discoveries", he explained, "these new skeletal finds can be compared to others so we can compare pathologies and lifestyles and the dynamics of escape from the eruption".

"Investigating them with tools and professionalism that are increasingly specific and present in the field, contribute to an increasingly precise story of the history and civilization of the time, which is the basis of archaeological research", Osanna said. Today, the site is a tourist attraction where visitors can explore the excavated ruins freely.

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