Of all the dumb luck.

Archaeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, have uncovered the remains of a 30-year-old man.

What’s unique about this you might ask? Well it looks like the man actually survived the initial eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., only to be killed when he was struck by a huge slab of stone.

New excavations at the site suggest that the stone was hurled by an explosive volcanic cloud. It’s like some dark twist in a movie.


The remains are almost 2000 years old. Archaeologists have said that the man appeared to be at least 30 years old with lesions on the skeleton's tibia suggesting that he had some kind of bone infection. This likely caused the man to limp, hindering his escape. Archaeologists deduce that the man was fleeing down an alley when he was hit by the massive stone block, which was perhaps a doorjamb.

Massimo Osanna, general director of the Archeological Park of Pompeii said that "this discovery has shown the leaps in the archeological field", adding "now we have the possibility to rebuild the space as it once was."