Excavation reveals the remains of a rich man and slave killed by Vesuvius.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of two men who died in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago.
Officials at the Pompeii Archaeological Park said one of them may have been a man of high stature, the other his servant.
"They may have been looking for shelter" from the explosion "when they were swept away," director Massimo Osana said.
Pompeii was swept by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
The explosion buried Pompeii in ashes, freezing the city and its inhabitants in time, and made it a rich resource for archaeologists.
The last find was made this month during excavations of a large villa on the outskirts of the Old Town.
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Officials said the rich man was between 30 and 40 years old. He found traces of a warm woolen cloak under his neck.
The other man was between 18 and 23 years old. Officials at the archaeological site said shattered passages indicated that he was a slave doing manual labor.
The molds were created using impressions left by the victims' bodies in solid ashes.
"It's a death from thermal shock, as evidenced by the fist of their feet and their hands," Osana told reporters.
He described the discovery as an "incredible and extraordinary testimony" in the morning when the volcanic eruption occurred.
Excavations continue at the archaeological site near Naples, but it remains closed to tourists due to coronavirus measures.