NPR

New Excavation At Pompeii Uncovers Victim Crushed By Massive Rock

The adult male survived the initial eruption but was, like many victims, caught in the subsequent cloud of gases and rocks. Unlike most victims, he was also pinned down by a "formidable stone block."
A restorer works on the mold of a horse in the ruins of a Roman villa recently found by Italian carabinieri (police) during an investigation into tunnels dug by thieves in Civita Giuliana, next to the archaeological site of Pompeii. Source: Carlo Hermann/Kontrolab

Archaeologists working at Pompeii say they have found the remains of a man who survived the initial explosion of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 — but was crushed by a massive rock as he attempted to flee a deadly cloud of gases, ash and rock.

The skeleton's remains are in what the Pompeii archaeological site calls a "dramatic position" — with a large rectangular stone embedded

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min read
Marium, The Dugong That Charmed Thailand, Dies After Ingesting Plastic
Marium became an internet hit as people marveled over videos of her being cared for by scientists in Thailand. An autopsy revealed plastic pieces in her intestines.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Suicide Bomber Kills 63, Injures 182 At Wedding Reception In Kabul
More than 1,000 people had gathered at a hall in a Shiite neighborhood to celebrate a wedding. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday.
NPR3 min readSociety
U.S. Attorney Slams Philadelphia DA Over 'Culture Of Disrespect For Law Enforcement'
Larry Krasner, considered one of the country's most progressive district attorneys, has left U.S. Attorney William McSwain "fed up."