The skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii, officials at the archaeological park say.
- Officials said the two men escaped the initial fall of ash but were killed by a powerful volcanic blast
- Casts were created of the entire skeletons
- There are still more than 20 hectares to excavate in the area
The partial skeletons were found during excavation of an elegant villa on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption in 79 AD.
It is the same area where a stable with the remains of three harnessed horses was excavated in 2017.
Pompeii officials said the two men apparently…