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Crushing discovery: Mount Vesuvius victim

Posted at 8:01 AM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 10:01:44-04

A new "dramatic and exceptional” discovery in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has been made during ongoing excavation work: a skeleton of a victim believed to have been around 35 years old when he died.

He was disabled due to a leg injury and unable to escape when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, burying the city in rock and ash. He was struck by a 600-pound rock which beheaded him.