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Bodies of owner and slave were discovered in Pompeii

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Bodies of owner and slave were discovered in Pompeii
Bodies of owner and slave were discovered in Pompeii | PAP/EPA/Luigi Spina /Parco Archeologico / HANDOUT

In Pompeii another sensational discovery was made – the bodies of the owner and his slave were dug out of the ground. Scientists were also able to determine that the master died at the age of 40, wearing a warm coat, and the slave in young age and wearing only a tunic.

Researchers suspect that both men died while searching for an escape route. Death was caused by a pyroclastic avalanche that descended into the upper part of Pompeii.

In order to keep the figures of the dead, scientists had to use the so-called Fiorelli’s method. This technique is based on making plaster casts of bodies. Stucco gypsum is poured through a small hole, which fills the entire empty space after soft tissues, inside the solidified ashes. After the plaster had set, the ash layer was removed revealing the castings of the bodies.

The discovery was made in a building called Civita Giuliana, located 700 meters from the ancient city. In the same place in 2018 horse remains were recovered.

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