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Remains of four teenagers from Roman times have been found in Pompeii

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Remains of four teenagers from Roman times have been found in Pompeii
Remains of four teenagers from Roman times have been found in Pompeii | Photo: Soprintendenza archeologica di Pompei

In 2016, archaeologists found the remains of four teenagers from Roman times in an antique shop near Pompeii. In addition, gold coins and jewellery were found.

The children must have sought refuge from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE Excavations near the Porta Ercolano gate began in May this year. The road through the gate connected Pompeii to Herculaneum. According to scientists, so far it has been possible to get to know the life of the then-inhabitants of Pompeii very well; however, there are still many unknowns. Researchers hope that the discovery will help explain them.

These excavations were intended to learn how trade outside the city walls developed. Unexpectedly, during the work, scientists discovered the remains of four people leaning against a wall in an ancient shop. Scientists believe that these people were looking for shelter. Eventually, however, they were caught up in volcanic ash and toxic gases in the store. A preliminary examination of the teeth and bones proved that they were young people. The gender of two of these people was confirmed: male and female.

Near the remains, coins dating from 74-78 CE, a gold leaf necklace and urns of powder were found. According to the researchers, they are surprised that the thieves did not loot the valuables.

The finds have encouraged archaeologists to carry out further research, which is to be extended to the surrounding shops and the wider area.

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