The skeleton of a man who died in the eruption of Vesuvius two millennia ago it was found in the city of Herculaneum, buried by that tragedy, a discovery that arrives 25 years after the end of the archaeological excavations in the place.
The position of the corpse, a short distance from the sea, makes one suspect that it was close to being saved from the explosion of the volcano in 79 AD, which completely destroyed the cities located on its slopes, such as Pompeii or Herculaneum, near Naples (south from Italy). And it is that apparently the man, partially mutilated, was stopped by the avalanche of fire and gas from Vesuvius a few steps from the sea, that is, from salvation. “It is a finding that we expect a lot from”, celebrated the director of the Herculaneum Archaeological Park, Francesco Sirano, on social networks.
The Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, has also praised this “sensational discovery”. And it is that the skeleton has been found twenty-five years after the excavations in Herculaneum came to an end and it confirms that these places, in which time stopped with the arrival of fire and ash, they still hold many surprises on your floor. The bones, in fact, are embedded in a volcanic rock wall and will now be extracted and analyzed, according to Ansa Agency.
In AD 79 an unforeseen explosion interrupted the life of all the cities that surrounded the crater and a column of pyroclastic material fourteen kilometers high caused a shower of ash and stone on Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis or Stabia. It was the beginning of a tragedy in which Herculaneum was the first victim, devastated first by a heat wave of about 400 degrees Celsius and later by a mudslide that buried the city under a twenty meter thick layer of volcanic material.
These cities, prosperous due to the increasing tourism of the Roman Empire, ended up in oblivion and shrouded in myth until their discovery in the middle of the 18th century, when the excavations began at the will of the King of Naples Carlos de Borbón, who later became would become Carlos III of Spain.
The Roman writer Pliny the Younger, witness to the tragedy and who lost his uncle and tutor, Pliny the Elder, in the eruption, recounted what happened in a series of epistles to his friend, the historian Tacitus, which attest to the earthly hell that it was unleashed then.