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Skeletons, coins found in dig of ancient Pompeii shop

  • An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing skeleton's bones recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)

    An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing skeleton's bones recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing a gold coin recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)

    An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing a gold coin recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing a skeleton recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)

    An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing a skeleton recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Italian and French archaeologists have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of Pompeii.

Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. Three gold coins and a necklace's pendant were scattered among the bones. In the workshop was an oven which archaeologists hypothesize was used to make bronze objects.

The excavation of that and a second ancient shop started in May near a necropolis in the Herculaneum port area.

In another stunning discovery, the dig revealed a 4th century B.C. tomb of an adult, complete with funerary vases.

Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum were ancient Roman towns.