Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed as he fled Pompeii

Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed as he fled Pompeii

Analysis of the skeleton suggests the victim was a 30-year-old man. Lesions found on the man's tibia suggest he suffered from a bone infection.

The ancient city, and its surrounding area, was buried in up to 20 feet of rock and ash after the massive eruption and the site was lost for about 1,500 years.

Archaeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, found the man's remains from A.D. 79.

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 [volcanic debris]. Excavations later revealed an extraordinarily detailed image of what life was like at that time.

The legs of a skeleton emerge from the ground beneath a large rock believed to have crushed the victim's bust during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D.

His head also appears to have been separated from his body in the incident, however his skull has not been found.

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The theory is that he was watching the volcano erupt and struggling to escape when he was struck by the stone.

Archaeologist Massimo Osanna said the skeleton was an "exceptional find".

The man was hit by a pyroclastic cloud during the eruption.

Experts reckon that huge stone was a door jamb - part of the frame around the entryway - which was, according to officials, "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud".

Researchers said the discovery of new human remains at Pompeii allows them to compare the pathologies and lifestyles of the city's early inhabitants, as well as analyze the dynamics of the populace's panicked escape. Today, the site is a tourist attraction where visitors can explore the excavated ruins freely.