Pompeii archaeologists have discovered the bodies of two men, a nobleman between 30 and 40 years old and his young slave, and they have rebuilt them with so much detail that it can be distinguished that the first wore a woolen cape and the second a short tunic, those responsible for the Pompeii Archaeological Park reported this Saturday in a statement.
The two bodies, surprised by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, have been found in a lateral space of the cryptoportic, in the noble part of the suburban town of Civita Giuliana, a majestic estate from the time of Emperor Augustus, which boasted lounges and balconies overlooking the sea.
The land is located outside the Pompeian walls, about 700 meters to the northwest, and in this area the archaeologists found in 2017 the remains of three horses in the stables, with their saddles and harnesses.
The cryptoportico, for its part, allowed the access to the upper floor and it was a space of about 2.20 meters high but whose length is unknown at the moment, and had a wooden floor as indicated by the presence in the walls of six holes to house the beams that supported a gallery, the official statement indicates.
Experts have used to reconstruct the bodies of the victims the ancient technique of make molds with plaster, conceived in the 19th century by Giuseppe Fiorelli, which consists of the introduction of a liquid plaster into the cavities of the skeletal remains of the inhabitants of the ancient Roman city.
In this way, they have managed to return the shape of the bodies and observe that the first victim was a “young man, between 18 and 23/25 years old, about 156 cm tall”, who wore a short tunic, and with visible signs that showed that he had done “heavy work”, with which scientists and from Pompeii they hypothesize that he was a slave.
The second man He was between “30 and 40 years old and about 162 cm tall”, and wore a long tunic or wool cape, the note reads.
The two were in supine position, with her hands on her breasts, and with clothes that are distinguished down to the folds, something “amazing” as described by the Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini.
The first excavations in the area They date back to the beginning of the 20th century by order of the Marquis Giovanni Imperiali, who was then the owner of the estate.
The current works have been fully financed by the Pompeii Park with a million euros and are intended to prevent possible looting of the graves.