Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Pompeii: New find shows man crushed trying to flee eruption

Pompeii: New find shows man crushed trying to flee eruption

A large stone dragged by the cloud hit the man in the head and chest, crushing his upper torso but leaving his lower limbs exposed.

Archaeologists in Pompeii have made an impressive - if sad and kind of terrifying - new discovery in the ancient Roman city: the skeleton of a man who was crushed by a giant boulder as he was fleeing the eruption.

Pompeii archaeologists say the skeleton shows signs of a bone infection in his leg, which could have made walking - much less running - very hard.

"Initial observations would appear to indicate that the individual survived the first eruptive phase of the volcano, and subsequently sought salvation along the alley now covered in a thick layer of lapilli", or rocks ejected by the volcano, the site said in a statement released Tuesday.

"This is the first time an excavation happens with all of these tools". That was the literal truth for one unfortunate volcano victim who lived in the ancient city of Pompeii, the Associated Pressreports: When he failed to leave the soon-to-be-decimated city as Mt. Vesuvius exploded, a massive stone block fell on his head.

Archaeologists believe he was watching the eruption of Vesuvius while struggling to escape, when he was struck by the rock.

Those working at the dig site have claimed that the stone may have been part of a door jamb that was "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud".

Osanna, said this "exceptional find" that depicts a "terrible death" are "the remains of a person with a limp, who was probably prevented from escaping due to motor difficulties and left behind". Today, the site is a tourist attraction where visitors can explore the excavated ruins freely. It will "contribute toward an increasingly accurate picture of the history".

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