Man Crushed by Pompeii's Volcano While Fleeing Discovered With His Skeleton Intact

The man was 'violently thrown by the volcanic cloud' as he tried to escape, researchers say

The skeleton of a victim of the eruption that destroyed Pompeii, was discovered during the most recent excavations carried out on the archaeological site in Pompei, Italy, 29 May 2018.
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Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site have announced a dramatic new discovery, the skeleton of a man crushed by an enormous stone while trying to flee the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Pompeii officials on Tuesday released a photograph showing the skeleton protruding from beneath a large block of stone that may have been a door jamb that had been “violently thrown by the volcanic cloud.”

The victim, who was over 30, had his thorax crushed. Archaeologists have not found the victim’s head. Officials said the man suffered an infection of the tibia, which may have caused walking difficulties, impeding his escape.

The archaeological site’s general director, Massimo Osanna, called it “an exceptional find,” that contributes to a better “picture of the history and civilization of the age.”