Well-preserved skeleton suggests Greek cultural presence in Pompeii

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A view of the tomb of Marcus Venerius Secundio located in the necropolis of Porta Sarno (AP)
A view of the tomb of Marcus Venerius Secundio located in the necropolis of Porta Sarno (AP)

A well-preserved skeleton found at a previously detroyed tomb suggests Greek cultural presence in Pompeii, Italy.

Archaeologists in the ancient city of Pompeii have discovered a skeleton during excavations of a tomb that was covered by a volcanic eruption in AD79.

White hair and part of an ear, along with bones and fabric fragments, were found in the tomb in the necropolis of Porta Sarno.

The region where the skeleton was found, in the east of Pompeii’s urban centre, is not yet open to the public.

 (Colombia's Institute of Urban De)
(Colombia's Institute of Urban De)

The discovery has been described as “unusual” since most adults were cremated at the time, reported The Associated Press.

An inscription of the tomb suggested that its owner, Marcus Venerius Secundio, helped organise performances in Greek in Pompeii.

The director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, said in a statement: “That performances in Greek were organised is evidence of the lively and open cultural climate which characterised ancient Pompeii.”

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