Parts of skulls and bones were found during an excavation of the ruins of an ancient and elegant villa that held a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea on the outskirts of a Roman city, which disappeared during the period of 79 AD. In 2017, a stable with the remains of three harnessed horses were also found in the same area.
The casts of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago.
This creates a plaster cast which shows the shapes of the bodies of the two victims, in a supine position, where they fell. The figures are exceptionally well-preserved and researchers believe they are those of a man with high status and his slave.
Pompeii director Massimo Osanna said the two victims may have been seeking refuge when they were engulfed by clouds of ash, rock, and toxic gas shortly after the nearby volcano Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.
The later blast "apparently invaded the area from many points, surrounding and burying the victims in ash", Pompeii officials said in a statement.
Pompeii, 23 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Naples, was used to be the home for about 13,000 people when the eruption buried it under the volcanic ash, pumice pebbles, and dust. Both of their remains were discovered in a side room along an underground corridor or passageway that is known in ancient Roman times as a cryptoporticus that led to the upper levels of the villa.
The officials at the archaeological park in Italy confirmed the discovery on Sunday. That finding led archaeologists to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave.
One was likely aged between 30 and 40, and still bore traces of a woollen cloak under his neck.
The officials stated that fragments of white paint were found near the middle-aged man's face that was possibly the remnants of a collapsed upper wall. Records of the fabric folds on the gray layer indicate that he wore a short, cheerful dress. The older victim, in addition to wearing a tunic, appeared to have had a mantle over his left shoulder, said reports.