Pompeii Man Found Crushed By Boulder In Archaeological Dig

Archaeologists just made a pretty big discovery related to the Pompeii volcanic eruption, which is a major clue to how fast it happened.

By on May 30, 2018
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We’ve all seen the pictures of all those people from about 2,000 years ago frozen in time by a volcanic eruption. They’re in school books, articles online, and show up now and then in memes on Instagram. The archaeological digs in Pompeii are still going on though, and they just uncovered a man who was crushed by a boulder.

Pompeii is/was a town in Italy. Back in 79 A.D, there was a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The eruption caused thick ash to completely cover the town. It killed thousands, sort of freezing them in place. The town was discovered and uncovered (partially) back in the 1700s. Skeletons were found, still sitting at tables, sleeping, walking, etc. It’s really as if they were posed. Some people had time to escape, but some of them were killed trying.

Just last week, scientists uncovered the skeleton of a man who was crushed by a stone while escaping. Archaeologists believe, through some quick examination, that the guy was around 35 years old. They seem certain that it was a guy as well – not a woman. They discovered that he had an infection in his leg, which would have made it difficult for him to walk easily. This would explain how he became trapped by the rock as he was attempting his escape, they figure. The rock, by the way, didn’t come out of the sky. The feel like it was part of a door opening. They say that it fell on him as he was trying to escape the volcano/earthquake. See some more info on the man who was found here, and a little more about how they came to their conclusions.

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