The couple may have sought refuge when they were engulfed by deadly clouds of ash, rocks and toxic gases from the eruption

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of two men killed in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii almost 2,000 years ago

The discovery was made during a search carried out during the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian Ministry of Culture said

One victim is said to be a high-ranking man, aged between 30 and 40, who still had traces of a woolen coat under his neck

The second, who was probably 18 to 23 years old, was dressed in a tunic and had a number of crushed vertebrae, indicating that he had been a slave doing heavy labor

The remains were found in an underground chamber about 700 m northwest of the center of ancient Pompeii, in the area of ​​a large villa where archaeological finds have already been made

The men’s teeth and bones were preserved, and the voids left by their soft tissues were filled with plaster that was allowed to harden and then excavated to show the outline of their body

Pompeii director Massimo Osanna said the two victims may have sought refuge after being engulfed by deadly clouds of ash, rocks and poison gas

Pompeii, 23 km southeast of Naples, was home to around 13,000 people in AD 79 when nearby Vesuvius erupted, burying the city and freezing it in time

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