The Italian Ministry of Culture unveiled on Saturday new casts of two men surprised by the eruption of Vesuvius, which in AD 79 destroyed Pompeii and its surroundings.
They lie next to each other, in the narrow corridor of a large villa near Pompeii. One contorted, the other peacefully stretched out. Both broke instantly by the thermal shock caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The bodies of these two men, probably a master and his slave, “reappeared” thanks to the molding technique developed by Giuseppe Fiorelli in 1867: plaster is poured into the crevices of the lava, where the imprint of the bodies had remained engraved before their decomposition.
Thanks to improvements made to this technique in recent decades, the image of the two men “Is now returned to us with surprising details, from the drape of the clothes to the veins of the hands”, observe The print.
Second most visited site in Italy after the Colosseum in Rome – 4 million visitors in 2019 – Pompeii remains “An incredible place for research, study and training. There are still more than twenty hectares to be excavated, a tremendous job for the archaeologists of today and tomorrow ”, said Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.