Ancient Oplontis residents were healthy, had bad teeth

Study reveals habits of residents killed in Mt Vesuvius eruption

09 August, 20:21

    (by Aniello Sammarco).

    (ANSAmed) - TORRE ANNUNZIATA (NAPLES), AUGUST 8 - Residents of an ancient Roman villa near the Campania town of Torre Annunziata, Naples, were healthy but often had dental problems, according to a new study on the remains of dozens of victims of the Mt Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD.

    The anthropology and DNA study, which is still ongoing and will be completed at the end of the month, is being carried out by Professor Nicola Terrenato from the University of Michigan, Professor Kristina Killgrove from the University of West Florida and Andrea Acosta, a PhD student at the University of Southern California.

    Researchers are analyzing the remains of at least 54 victims found in the archaeological area of Oplontis, at the Villa of Lucius Crassius Tertius near Poppea's Villa, the area's two major buildings.

    The remains were first found in the 1990s in the villa where they had fled in an attempt to save their lives during the eruption.

    Coins and jewels were found close to their remains.

    The research was conducted by the three US universities along with the direction of the archaeological park of Pompeii and were funded by the National Endowment for Humanities, the Rust Family Foundation for Archaeological Research and the University of West Florida.

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