Still digging in Pompeii

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Still digging in Pompeii

Postby Witness » Mon May 28, 2018 3:51 am

The Local wrote:Spectacular house with colourful animal frescoes discovered in Pompeii

The residence, which probably belonged to a member of Pompeii's upper class, has been named the House of Dolphins.

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More pics: https://www.thelocal.it/20180523/pictures-pompeii-archaeology-house-animal-dolpins-frescoes

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Re: Still digging in Pompeii

Postby Witness » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:36 pm

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Smithsonian wrote:After surviving the first frightening moments of the eruption, he was probably moving as fast as he could down an alleyway to flee the city when the pyroclastic flow, a high-speed tsunami of lava, ash, rock and gas rushed down the side of the mountain and slammed into Pompeii. The power of the impact is what may have propelled a giant stone block, which could be a doorjamb, onto the victim, crushing his thorax and pinning him beneath the ash for the next 2,000 years.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-man-crushed-stone-block-uncovered-pompeii-180969208/

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Re: Still digging in Pompeii

Postby Witness » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:31 am

↑ Update:
He Died at Pompeii, but His Head Wasn’t Crushed by a Block

In May, archaeologists uncovered the ancient remains of a man who had been seemingly crushed by a flying boulder while fleeing from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Only his skeletal legs and lower torso protruded from beneath the 600-pound block.

At the time, the team reported that a volcanic cloud had launched a stone door jamb toward the man, decapitating him. What appeared to be the Wile E. Coyote-esque nature of the man’s final moments made him an instant, meme-worthy celebrity some 2,000 years after his death.

But further digging has unearthed the man’s intact skull with his mouth wide open (and full of teeth), suggesting he was not crushed by a volcanic projectile. The skull and the man’s upper torso and arms were found about three feet nearly directly below the rest of the body and the gigantic stone. The team said they knew the bones belonged to the same person because of their proximity to each other and because the two halves matched up.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/science/pompeii-skull-rock.html
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