Images of a skeleton of a man smashed by a stone during the eruption of Vesuvius became viral after their discovery.
During the excavation in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, the remains of the man were discovered to be shattered during the escape from the eruption in 79 AD
However, the experts do not believe after the discovery of the skull of the unfortunate man that he meets another but equally cruel fate. "In the early stages of the excavation, it was found that the upper part of the thorax and the skull that had not yet been found had been severed and pulled down by a block of stone that had hit the victim," officials said a Facebook post. "His death was therefore presumably not due to the influence of the stone block, as originally thought, but probably due to asphyxia caused by the pyroclastic flow."
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The identified skeletal remains consist of the upper part of the thorax, the upper limbs, the skull and the jaw, according to Pompeii – Parco Archeologico. "At the moment they are being analyzed, they are showing some breaks, the kind of which is being identified in order to be able to reconstruct the last moments in the man's life with greater accuracy," they said.
The upper part of the man's body was found slightly below his lower limbs, ascribing officials to tunnels dug in place during the 18th century.
The skull is the latest gruesome find at the ancient city, which was destroyed after the eruption of Vesuvius. Pompeii was quickly buried by volcanic ash, killing about 2,000 of the city's residents, according to History.com.
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The site remained untouched until its rediscovery in the 18th century over 1500 years. During the 19th century, archaeologists used gypsum to take casts of vacuums that surrounded the skeletons found in the compacted layer of ashes. Left behind by the decay of organic remains, the vacuums offer an eerie snapshot of the last moments of the volcano victims. National Geographic notes that the plaster casts show life-like poses, for example crawling or sitting with their heads in their hands.
Archaeologists have recently found the final resting place of an ancient racehorse among the ruins of Pompeii.
Earlier this year, the body of a child who apparently sought refuge in Pompeii's central bathhouse complex was found
Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe, experienced its last major eruption in 1944, according to LiveScience .
The Associated Press has contributed to this article.
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