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Archaeologists Unearth More Bones, Ancient Artifacts at Pompeii

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The sun begins to set on the snow capped Mount Vesuvius still overlooking Temple of Jupiter standing in the forum of Pompeii. (DHuss/Creative RF/Getty Images)
The sun begins to set on the snowcapped Mount Vesuvius, overlooking the Temple of Jupiter, in the forum of Pompeii. (DHuss/Creative RF/Getty Images)

 

Even a well-scoured archeological site like Pompeii can hold a few surprises. Archeologists recently discovered more humans remains and gold coins in the ruins of a shop on the edge of Pompeii. The four skeletons, of one of which was a young girl, are believed to have died when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Three coins and a piece of jewelry were also found among the bones. Officials from the Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office believe the site might have been dug up by robbers looking to loot the town after the eruption. 

A gold coin recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)
A gold coin recently discovered in Pompeii (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)
An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing an ancient shop recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)
Interior of an ancient shop where human remains and gold coins were recently discovered (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)

 

In addition to the remains, archaeologists also uncovered a fourth-century tomb, which has provided unprecedented access to ancient Roman burial practices. An adult’s skeleton was found in the tomb, surrounded by black vases. The shop where the discovery was made is located between Pompeii and Herculaneum, an ancient town buried under 80 feet of ash. Given that much of the town still remains to be unearthed and the recent discoveries, excavations will continue. Read more about the discoveries here.

Skeleton's bones recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)
Human remains found near gold coins (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)
The recently discovered tomb (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)
The recently discovered tomb (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)