It has been reported that the “best-preserved” human remains have been found in ongoing excavations in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in Italy. It is stated that some of the hair and ears are still visible in the remains, believed to belong to a former slave named Marcus Venerius Secundio, who was raised in terms of social status.
The mummified remains of a person believed to belong to Marcus Venerius Secundio, who was buried in an ancient tomb, have been found in the necropolis of Porta Sarno, east of downtown Pompeii, according to a statement from the archaeological park from Pompeii.
The tomb is believed to date 10 years before Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. It has been stated that the remains have been described as “the best-preserved human remains ever discovered” in Pompeii, and among the remains are the white hair and partially visible ear of Secundio, who is believed to have died at the age of 60 years.
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“We still have to understand whether the partial mummification of the deceased was intentional,” said Professor Llorenç Alapont of the University of Valencia. Texture analysis can provide more information about this problem.
It was stated that the remains found due to the cremation of deceased adults during the Roman period were “unusual”, and there were also two vessels in the tomb, one of which was a glass vessel belonging to a woman. named Novia Amabilis. It was declared that Secundio was a slave, freed and achieved a certain social and economic status.
It is also stated that an inscription dedicated to Secundio on a marble plaque at the top of the tomb refers to the theatrical performances carried out in Greek in Pompeii, while Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the Pompeii archaeological park, states that he is is about “the Greek language in Pompeii which was previously assumed on the basis of indirect indications. This is the first clear proof of performance ”.
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It has been indicated that the excavations in the area of the Porta Sarno necropolis are a joint project between the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and the European University of Valencia. In addition, the statement by Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, “Pompeii never ceases to amaze” was also included.