New and Incredibly Intact Bones Discovered at Pompeii
Archaeologists have uncovered extremely well-preserved bones in a once-opulent villa close to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
The remains are thought to have been of a master and a servant, with the master aged between 30 and 40 and the servant aged between 18 and 35.
Researchers have been able to judge that the servant was a manual labourer because of the compressed discs in this spinal cord.
They believe that the other man was a wealthy landowner, which they have judged by traces of high quality wool which were found on his body.
The bodies were found lying side by side in a 2 metre deep layer of grey hardened ash. After the bones had been retrieved, archaeologist covered them in plaster to create moulds.
Holes in the ground nearby were revealed to have been the location of piles of cloth when covered in plaster.
Researchers believe that the two men may have been attempting to escape with their possessions when the eruption occurred.
The villa where the bodies were discovered has been the site of multiple previous finds, including a horse with a bronze-plated military saddle in 2018.
Massimo Osanna, the director of the Archaeological Park, noted that the find was an “incredible font of knowledge” for researchers and archaeologists.
The city of Pompeii was destroyed when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and researchers believe that the two men were killed on the second day of the eruption.
Our Archaeology of the Bay of Naples tour not only includes the well-known and impressive remains of Pompeii and the superbly preserved Herculaneum but also those lesser known, but nonetheless important sites such as the seaside villas of the wealthy at Oplontis, possibly once owned by Poppeia, wife of the Emperor Nero and Stabiae, where the frescoes are amongst the most beautiful found anywhere in the world.
Pictured: Mt Vesuvius on our Archaeology of the Bay of Naples tour
Added: 26th November 2020