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

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