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ANSA

Japan team finds 2 chained human remains in Pompei ruins
November 28th, 2002

ROME A team of Japanese archaeologists on Tuesday found the remains of two chained human bodies, apparently slaves, at the Pompei ruins in southern Italy. The well-preserved skeletons were found outside a castle wall in the northern edge of the ruins, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. One set of skeletons has chains still attached to a leg, and the other has a metal buckle around the waist. The researchers believe the buckle is part of a belt, possibly worn by a woman slave. The two were apparently killed while trying to escape from the lava of Mt Vesuvius, which erupted in 79 A.D. and buried the region. Pompei was a thriving city and home to 200,000 people before Mt. Vesuvius blew its top. The ruins of Pompei covers an area of 640,000 square meters. Excavation began in the mid-18th century, and one third of the area still remains untouched. The Japanese team has been participating in the excavation of Pompei ruins since 1994.

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