Skeletons of victims of the Vesuvius earthquake in 79 AD have been found.

Pompeii: Skeletons of victims of the Vesuvius earthquake in 79 AD have been found.

The archaeological dig continues to reveal new aspects of Pompeii’s unique history. As announced by the Italian Ministry of Culture, the skeletons of two men, over 50 years old, who died during the earthquake that preceded the eruption of Vesuvius, in 79 AD, have been discovered.

As the Italian media highlight, this is another aspect of the human dimension of this particular tragedy, the earthquake and the explosion that within two days extinguished every trace of life from this town in Lower Italy.

The two skeletons were found in a building that housed a large bakery and shop for the sale of bread. At the same time, near the skeletons of the two men, archaeologists found six ancient coins, two of which were silver, a necklace and a series of amphorae.

These two inhabitants of ancient Pompeii, as can be seen from the position of the skeletons, were crushed by the walls of the room in which they had tried to find shelter.

“This new discovery confirms that Pompeii is a huge archaeological laboratory, which in recent years – thanks to a new dynamic – has surprised the whole world, with a series of extraordinary archaeological discoveries,” said the Italian Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano.

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