Pompeii victim crushed by boulder while fleeing eruption
Archaeologists at Pompeii have uncovered the remains of an unfortunate man who was decapitated by an enormous rock while fleeing the volcano.
Nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, killing many Pompeii residents and famously freezing them in place.
This skeleton appears to be from a man who survived the initial explosion and was fleeing the doomed city.
A leg injury, however, may have slowed him down before he was crushed by the huge stone hurtling through the air.
Pompeii archaeologists say the skeleton shows signs of a bone infection in his leg, which could have made walking – much less running – very difficult.