Em­brac­ing Men Buried by Ve­su­vius

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

For about 2,000 years, a fos­silised cou­ple have been hug­ging after be­ing killed and buried dur­ing the Ital­ian Mount Ve­su­vius vol­cano’s vi­o­lent erup­tion in 79 AD.

So far, sci­en­tists have as­sumed that the cou­ple were two young women, but new Ital­ian stud­ies headed by Pro­fes­sor Ste­fano Vana­core sur­pris­ingly re­veal that they were men.

Scans and DNA analy­ses of the skele­tons show that one is an 18-year-old man, while the other was about 20 years old.

Sci­en­tists do not know if they were lovers, but ac­cord­ing to the DNA analy­ses, the two of them were not re­lated.

The em­brace, in which one man rests his head on the other one’s chest, in­di­cates that the men sought com­fort dur­ing the dis­as­ter.

Ve­su­vius’ ash pro­duced a de­tailed "cast" of two men in a close em­brace.

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