Archaeologists Find Remains Crushed by a Stone Block in Pompeii
Almost a great escape.
Archaeologists working on the site of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy found a skeleton of a man underneath a huge block of stone, which they believed was hurled by an explosive volcanic cloud during the eruptive fury of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, CNN reported. The skeleton is reportedly found almost 2000 years after he died.
Pictures from the team clearly show the scene of a man pinned beneath the stone, with the impact crushing the upper part of the man’s body. It is likely that the skull is buried beneath the chunk of stone. Archeologists said that there were lesions — areas of an organ or tissue that has suffered damage through injury or disease — found on the skeleton’s shinbone are signs that he was suffering a bone infection. Experts said the bone infection could be the reason the man’s escape was hindered.
Even though that’s the case, archaeologists said he was able to escape the first phase of the volcanic disaster that struck Pompeii as he fled through an alley while limping, due to the said infection. While fleeing, he was unfortunately struck by a gigantic stone block. Experts viewed this massive obstacle as a possible doorjamb. Due to the force of the pyroclastic flow, the ‘doorjamb’ went straight to him. Pyroclastic flow is the blazing combination of gas, lava, and debris being belched out by a volcano.
“This discovery has shown the leaps in the archeological field. The team on site are not just archeologists but experts in many fields; engineers, restorers and (have) the technical tools like drones and 3D scanners.
“Now we have the possibility to rebuild the space as it once was,” Massimo Osanna, general director of the Archeological Park of Pompeii, said via CNN.
“This is the first time an excavation happens with all of these tools. In the 1800s and 1900s, they dug in the area where we found the skeleton, but they did not go as deep as we did. Because of the experts we had, we knew how to do it.”
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