Everybody has heard at least one time in their life about the big eruption that happened in the Campania region 2.000 years ago. On the afternoon of Aug. 24, A.D. 79, Mt. Vesuvius blew its top and swallowed two thriving Roman communities. Today, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, both Pompeii and Herculaneum have been partially excavated to provide superb insights into Roman life as it was 2,000 years ago.
In Pompeii there still are some parts of the ruins that need to be excavated to give us back other details about how the Roman city was before the eruption of Mont Vesuvius. And in fact, regarding this, works are always in progress in the most famous buried city of the Vesuvian area. Recent excavations on the outskirts of Pompeii have revealed more victims of the volcanic eruption that buried the ancient city in ash nearly 2,000 years ago.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of some people, including one teenage girl, in the ruins of a shop, according to a statement from the Soprintendenza Pompei, the Italian authority in charge of managing the ancient site. The group of people seem like they tried to take shelter in the backroom of the shop when Mount Vesuvius unleashed its deadly eruption.
Images from the excavation show a jumbled mass of bones emerging from a trench. The skeletons appear to have been disturbed by looters who went digging through the ash in search of valuables some time after the volcanic eruption, according to the archaeologists' announcement. A furnace discovered in the shop has led the excavators to speculate that the building was a bronze workshop.
The discovery adds to the hundreds of bodies, or at least body imprints, that have been found at Pompeii since the 19th century. Many of these victims were found in a gnarled death pose, as most are believed to have died suddenly when Vesuvius sent superheated, ash-laced volcanic gases through the city. The debris that rained down on the once-bustling Roman city essentially froze it in time, preserving not only victims' bodies, but also graffiti, wall paintings and even bits of food.
These newly discovered skeletons were found near the necropolis outside of the Porta Ercolano, or Herculaneum Gate, which was on the outskirts of Pompeii and opened onto a road to Herculaneum, another smaller city that was buried in the same eruption.
A team of archaeologists has been excavating the site since May to try to learn more about this commercial sector outside the walls of Pompeii. So far, the researchers have excavated another workshop; they don't yet know what this shop was used for, but there is a spiral staircase at the center of the room that seems to lead to the bottom of a well.
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Staff at Flashback Journey to Pompeii. Our goal is to bring you up-to-date information on events, continuing archeological excavations and more on Pompeii.