Archaeologists in Pompeii have discovered the bodies of two men,

a nobleman between 30 and 40 years old and his young slave


According to archaeologists consulted by the Corriere della Sera, they escaped the eruption when they died.

They have reconstructed them in such 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 the year 79,

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 of have lounges and balconies overlooking the sea.

The land is located outside the Pompeian walls, about 700 meters to the northwest, and in this area archaeologists found in 2017 the remains of three horses in the stables, with their saddles and harnesses.

The cryptoportico, for its part, allowed access to the upper floor and was a space of about 2.20 meters per year but whose length is unknown at the moment,

and had a wooden floor as indicated by the presence in the walls of six holes

s to house the beams that supported a gallery, indicates the official statement.

Liquid plaster

To reconstruct the bodies of the victims, experts have used the ancient technique of making plaster casts, 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 signs visible that show that he had done

"heavy work"

, with which the scientists and experts of Pompeii hypothesize that he was a slave.

The second man was between "30 and 40 years old and a height of about 162 cm", and was wearing a long tunic or a woolen cape, the note reads.

The two were in a supine position

, with their hands on their 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

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 financed entirely by the Pompeii Park

with one million euros

and are intended to prevent possible looting of the tombs.

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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