Dig at Italy's Pompeii volcanic site yields 5 skeletons

Dig at Italy’s Pompeii volcanic site yields 5 skeletons

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Dig at Italy’s Pompeii volcanic site yields 5 skeletons

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who tried shelter from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in A.D.79.

Massimo Osanna, the director of the Pompeii archaeological site, told ANSA on Wednesday that the skeletons were still intact, having been left undisturbed despite looting at the site centuries ago.

Osanna called it “a shocking find, but also very important for history.”

The remains, which are thought to be those of two women and three children, were found inside a house with a charcoal inscription dating the deadly eruption to October, two months later than previously thought, according to historians.

Archaeologists think the people sought safety in a small room but were either crushed when the roof caved in or burned.

An archaeologist inspects skeletons in the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons, believed to be two women and three children, were still intact, having been left undisturbed despite looting at the site centuries ago.

The remains of skeletons that were found in the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons, believed to be two women and three children, were still intact, having been left undisturbed despite looting at the site centuries ago.

An archaeologist inspects skeletons in the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons, believed to be two women and three children, were still intact, having been left undisturbed despite looting at the site centuries ago.

An archaeologist inspects skeletons in the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons, believed to be two women and three children, were still intact, having been left undisturbed despite looting at the site centuries ago.


An archaeologist inspects skeletons in the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons, believed to be two women and three children, were still intact, having been left undisturbed despite looting at the site centuries ago.

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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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