Archaeologists discover unlucky bloke crushed while fleeing Pompeii volcano

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2018

Archaeologists in Pompeii just unearthed the headless skeleton of an unfortunate man who appears to have died in the great explosion of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Because the internet is a bad place.

The 35-year-old victim was seemingly beheaded by a hurtling stone that also crushed his thorax, experts claim.

According to ABC News, archaeologists found the man's skeleton lying on its back in the Regio V area, a newly-discovered excavation site. His head might still be buried beneath the block of stone.

If the poor guy hadn't already been dead, we'd have said these memes would've surely done the job.

Lava and boiling rocks from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD killed at least 1300 people in Italy's Pompeii - but none surely in a more freaky way than this victim.

"The presence of lesions at the tibia level signals a bone infection, which may have been the cause of significant difficulties in walking, such as to prevent the man from escaping the first dramatic signs that preceded the eruption", officials said.

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. His body was found at roughly the same height as the second floor of a nearby building, suggesting he ventured outside after the first phase of raining ash had settled.

The discovery was made at the Pompeii archaeological site in southern Italy's Campania region, which once stood as a thriving Roman city.

The man was hit by a pyroclastic cloud during the eruption.

The archaeological site's general director, Massimo Osanna, called the dsicovery "an exceptional find", that contributes to a better "picture of the history and civilisation of the age".

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