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Pompeii, discoveries continue: frescoes and three more skeletons resurface

Relentless work continues at the archaeological site of Pompeii, the city near Naples that was destroyed by the tremendous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Researchers have unearthed the skeletons of three more victims, as well as numerous frescoes.

The bodies found are believed to be those of two adults and a child of about three to four years old, who, according to the archaeologists' hypothesis, had sought shelter in a bakery to escape the surrounding destruction.

The archaeological site also uncovered two frescoed walls with mythological scenes near an atrium, namely Apollo and Daphne in one and Poseidon and Amimon in the other.

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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
Relentless work continues at the archaeological site of Pompeii, the city near Naples that was destroyed by the tremendous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Researchers have unearthed the skeletons of three more victims, as well as numerous new frescoes.
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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
The bodies found are believed to be those of two adults and a child of about three to four years of age, who, according to archaeologists' speculation, had sought shelter in a bakery to escape the surrounding destruction.
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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
The remains of these victims have come to light thanks to new excavations, which began in February, in the so-called 'Regio IX' of Pompeii, i.e. one of the nine quarters into which the site of Pompeii is divided. The excavation involved an area covering some 3200 square metres, almost an entire city block of the ancient city buried in 79 AD by Vesuvius.
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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
The skeletons were found in an area that had already been excavated, where only 40 cm of intact soil remained. These were placed in direct contact with the floor, and showed, along with evidence of major postmortem settlement processes, also a great deal of perimortem trauma caused by the collapse of the ceiling above, the fragments of which were mixed with white pumiceous lapilli, which characterised the early stages of the Plinian eruption of AD 79 in Pompeii.
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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
In the atrium of the place where they were found, a room with an adjoining oven, two cubicles were also found that preserved some frescoes with scenes from the myth: Poseidon and Amimon in the first, Apollo and Daphne in the second.
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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
Two of the three skeletons found have already been sent to the appropriate laboratories for analysis, while only one has been left at the site for the time being. Not far from the remains of the victims of the eruption, archaeologists found an oven that, according to studies, could have contained between 40 and 50 loaves of bread. Near the area, the absence of a millstone for grain was noted, which is nowhere to be found: the scholars' hypothesis is that this millstone was taken away in the 19th century, when the area was explored for Bourbon excavations.
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Three skeletons returned to light victims of the eruption of Pompeii
The amount of finds still waiting to come to light at the site of Pompeii is enormous. Suffice it to say that over the centuries so much research has been carried out in the same area, and each time new things come to the surface. Researchers are able to discover new things about the life of the people of Campania in the first years after the death of Christ, as well as more and more data about those terrible days that destroyed an entire population.
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19/04/2024
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