Skeleton of man crushed in Pompeii discovered

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On Tuesday, archaeologists revealed they had discovered the skeleton of a victim who died attempting to flee the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but was ultimately killed when a big stone landed on his upper body.

Excavations at the ancient Roman site suggest a massive explosive cloud from Mount Vesuvius sent the pillar of stone flying into the man, possibly decapitating him.

Archaeologists still working on retrieving artifacts and remains from the buried city of Pompeii uncovered the skeleton of a man who seems to have died of awful luck.

"This is the first time an excavation happens with all of these tools".

"This is an exceptional finding", Massimo Osanna, director general of the archaeological park at Pompeii, told local news Torre Sette.

The skeleton is believed to belong to a man over 30-years-old with a bone infection who had trouble walking.


There are a lot of heartbreaking sights to be found in the ruins of Pompeii, which was buried by a violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Archaeologists just discovered his headless remains.

Archeologists found his body on the first floor of a building, above a layer of "lapilli", or small rock fragments from the volcano.

"A formidable stone block (perhaps a door jamb), violently thrown by the volcanic cloud, collided with his upper body, crushing the highest part of the thorax."

(EPA/Ciro Fusco) The skeleton of a victim of the eruption that destroyed Pompeii.

Researchers said the discovery of new human remains at Pompeii allows them to compare the pathologies and lifestyles of the city's early inhabitants, as well as analyze the dynamics of the populace's panicked escape. It will "contribute toward an increasingly accurate picture of the history".

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