ROME – 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.