New discoveries at the Porta Nola necropolis in Pompeii

New discoveries at the Porta Nola necropolis in Pompeii

The archaeological excavations that are being carried out in the Porta Nola necropolis, in Pompeii, have provided infinity of highly relevant information and thanks to the work being carried out by a team made up of Spanish archaeologists, we receive new news about their work.

The age of the man to whom the bones in Obellius Firmus' tomb correspond is already known, nothing less than 60 years, a rather advanced age given that the average life span of those years was approximately 40 for men and 35 for women.

These studies are being carried out by a international multidisciplinary team formed by the Illustrious Official College of Doctors and Graduates in Letters and Sciences of Valencia and Castellón, the British School in Rome, the Department of Archeology and the Museum of Prehistory and History of the Diputación de Valencia as well as several Italian ministries and different entities.

In the grave found the remains of a 60-year-old person are found, who was well fed in life and apparently had a good standard of living, although she suffered from different pathologies such as diffuse hyperostosis, something directly related to obesity, alcohol and diets very rich in protein, among others.

Researchers have stated that they continue to study about the eruption that ended the history of this city.

Here there is still much to analyze and among the different investigations that are being carried out is that of trying to know how many people stayed in the city, although at the moment they know that at least 1,150, since they are the bodies that have been found so far.

A coin in perfect condition has also been found, something not too common in this place that was completely flooded by lava and ash from Vesuvius. Thanks to the investigations it has also been possible to know that it was necessary to have a wealthy position to be cremated when one passed away and that a series of funeral services had to be contracted, which were in charge of the entire process.

Death was considered to be one of the most important moments since a transit not exempt from rites had to be made so that death was one more extension of life.

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