The terrible remains of a master and his slave in their last death were found among the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
The skeletal remains of what is believed to have been a rich man and his slave man trying to escape death were found during excavations in the area of Civita Juliana.
Parts of the skulls and bones of the two men were found near a cryptoporticus or a covered gallery of an ancient villa. Castings of the skeletons were made, according to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.
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Pompey officials said the men apparently escaped the initial ash fall from Mount Vesuvius, after which they succumbed to a powerful volcanic eruption that occurred the next morning. The later blast “apparently invaded the area from many points, bypassing and burying the victims in ashes,”
The remains of the two victims, lying side by side on their backs, were found in a layer of gray ash at least 6.5 feet deep, they said.
The ancient city was devastated after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii was quickly buried by volcanic ash, killing about 2,000 of the city’s residents, according to History.com.
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In 2018, excavations at the site revealed the skeleton of a man who was crushed by a large stone block while trying to escape the eruption of Vesuvius.
Archaeologists have also found the last resting place of an ancient racehorse among the ruins of Pompeii.
In addition, a scrawled piece of text on a wall in Pompeii also rewrites the story of the famous ancient eruption of Vesuvius.
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The inscription with coal, discovered in 2018, suggests that the eruption occurred in October 79 AD, two months later than previously thought.
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A study also reveals that when Mount Vesuvius erupts, the intense heat causes the victims’ skulls to explode and their blood to boil.
Chris Chiacha of Fox News contributed to this article.
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