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New Pompeii Find Shows Man Crushed by Stone While Trying to Flee Eruption

The stone may have been a door jamb that had been "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud."

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    New Pompeii Find Shows Man Crushed by Stone While Trying to Flee Eruption
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    A skeleton of a victim recently found in the new work area of Regio V in the archaeological site of Pompeii, the ancient Roman town buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano on 79 AD. The victim was a disable person, unable to escape to save himself.

    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."