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During the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii about 2,000 years ago, people died not so much from the falling rocks, but from suffocation.
Reported by the Daily Mail, writes with reference to .
Scientists have made such conclusion, having studied the skull of a disabled man who died during a catastrophic eruption of mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago in Pompeii. Previously schitalos that the 35-year-old man was decapitated by falling rock.
However, a group of researchers in 2018 drew attention to the fact that the deceased skull bone was placed in such a way that he had opened his mouth.
“Now we know that the death was not caused by a stone impact, but, apparently, he died due to probable suffocation. He died from heat shock or from behind the rocks that fell on him, but from suffocation,” reported the scientists.
According to the Director General of the archaeological site of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, a skeleton was discovered at the archaeological site of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. District Regio V in the ruined city has been found in the new work on the excavations, and scientists are studying the region to learn more about life in ancient Pompeii.
Discovering the skeleton of a man lying on his back, the scientists saw that he rolled a rock.
“We just found the skull, and his mouth widened in an amazing way,” said Hosanna. However, he said that early speculation about the death of this and the other inhabitants of Pompeii was based on the damage to the bodies.
“At an early stage of excavation it appeared that the upper part of the chest and skull, which have not yet been found, was torn and pulled down a stone block that struck the victim: this preliminary hypothesis arose from the observation of the position of the boulder compared to the body,” the researchers write.
Previously it was known that the eruption of mount Vesuvius buried the city of Pompeii, Oplontis and Stabiae under ashes and fragments of rock, and the city of Herculaneum under debris flow.
From 1150, the remains of which were discovered by archaeologists in Pompeii, 394 were killed by the fall of pumice and of fragments of the destroyed buildings. The remaining 756 of the victims were killed by a column of superheated gas and ash, called a pyroclastic wave.