The skeleton of a Roman man who was decapitated by a giant slab of rock has been discovered by archaeologists in the ancient city of Pompeii.
Analysis of the skeleton suggests the victim was a 30-year-old man. Lesions found on the man's tibia suggest he suffered from a bone infection. That was the literal truth for one unfortunate volcano victim who lived in the ancient city of Pompeii, the Associated Pressreports: When he failed to leave the soon-to-be-decimated city as Mt. Vesuvius exploded, a massive stone block fell on his head.
The deceased was not the only victim have had trouble escaping from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD due to a limp - archaeologists recently unearthed another skeleton that showed signs that indicated walking difficulties.
From initial tests, archaeologists believe the man, who survived the early stages of the eruption, went looking for shelter along an alley that was later filled high with lava.
The stone is believed to have been a door jamb that had been "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud", officials said.
Officials suspect he was hit by a pyroclastic cloud during the eruption.
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Vesuvius's explosion, in A.D. Archaeologists began new excavations at the site in March at a section called "Regio V".
The team had found illegal tunnels dug by illicit treasure seekers and began excavating the area to protect the artifacts there.
They also managed, for the first time, to make a cast of the complete body of a horse that was killed in the eruption.
This process involves injecting liquid plaster into the cavities left behind when bodies encased in volcanic ash from the eruption decomposed.