Archaeologists uncover two new Pompeii victims killed by earthquake

Photo: Italian Minister of Culture (Fair Use)

Archaeologists excavating at the renowned ancient city of Pompeii have made a significant discovery, unearthing the remains of two individuals believed to have perished during the catastrophic volcanic eruption in 79 AD.

Surprisingly, the official Pompeii archaeological site reports that these victims were actually killed by an accompanying earthquake that occurred simultaneously with the eruption, CNN reported.

According to a recent press release, the tragic scene unfolds as the collapse of the south wall of a room crushes one of the men, whose raised arm epitomizes a futile attempt to shield himself from the falling debris.

The statement explains, “The conditions of the west wall demonstrate the tremendous force of the earthquakes that took place at the same time as the eruption: the entire upper section was detached and fell into the room, crushing and burying the other individual.”

These two men, both estimated to be at least 55 years old, were discovered during ongoing excavations of the Insula of the House of the Chaste Lovers, carried out to improve the building’s safety.

The victims were found in a utility room, where they had sought refuge during the calamity. Their deaths resulted from multiple injuries caused by the collapsing structure.

In addition to the remains, archaeologists uncovered artifacts such as organic matter believed to be a bundle of fabric, glass paste suspected to be part of a necklace, and six coins.

Further discoveries included an amphora leaning against a wall, as well as various vessels, bowls, and jugs.

In an adjacent room, a stone kitchen counter covered in powdered lime was found, indicating ongoing construction work in close proximity at the time of the eruption, as reported by CNN.

The significance of this find is not lost on Italy’s Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, who emphasized the importance of the ongoing scientific investigation and excavations. Sangiuliano stated, “This discovery shows how much there is still to discover about the terrible eruption of AD 79 and confirms the necessity of continuing scientific investigation and excavations.”

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