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Headless man found dead in lava’s embrace

01 June, 2018, 17:03 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Archaeologists uncover remains of Pompeii victim'decapitated while trying to flee

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a man in Pompeii who they believe survived the first blast of Mount Vesuvius only to be crushed by a stone block launched by the volcanic cloud as he was attempting to flee almost 2,000 years ago. 79, only to be crushed beneath a block of stone hurled by an explosive volcanic cloud, new excavations at the site suggest.

The skeleton's remains are in what the Pompeii archaeological site calls a "dramatic position" - with a large rectangular stone embedded in the upper torso.

According to officials, the man is thought to have escaped the first stage of the eruption, only to be hit with a giant rock flung from the later stages of Vesuvius' A.D. Based on the location of the man's remains and the, well, large object on his body, it appears as though he actually survived the initial volcanic blast and had waited for the right moment to evacuate the area. Since the man's tibia bone had lesions in it, the scientists suspect he may have had a bone infection that prevented him from quickly escaping, the statement said.

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But archaeologists have not been able to track down his head, reports The Sun. 79 - but was crushed by a massive rock as he attempted to flee a deadly cloud of gases, ash and rock. The body was found at the first floor level of a building, above the lava layer.

Pompeii officials released an image showing the skeleton protruding from underneath a 300-kilo block of stone believed to be a door jamb.

(EPA/Ciro Fusco) The skeleton of a victim of the eruption that destroyed Pompeii. Comparing the two-and uncovering even more about Pompeii-provides an "increasingly accurate picture of the history and civilization of the age", he says.



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