Archaeologists in Italy are studying the remains of a Roman soldier buried in the sand in Herculaneum when Vesuvius erupted on October 24, 79 AD, and the presence of this Roman soldier indicates that hundreds of ancient Romans who fled the eruption of Vesuvius were just minutes away from being rescued by boat, but they all died.
The researchers asked several questions while examining the structure; the most important was who this man was? And why do archaeologists consider it more important than the hundreds of other bodies discovered on the Hell Beach in ancient Herculaneum long ago?
Herculaneum is a UNESCO protected beach that was buried with the city of Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius on October 24, 79 AD, and archaeological work began at this site 40 years ago when the remains of 300 people were found on the beach.
It was written late last year about a current archaeological project aimed to restoring Herculaneum, and once planned work is complete visitors will be able to stroll along the sand in the footsteps of the Roman elite who all perished.
One of the most confusing questions about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is: Why did so many people live next to a sleeping geological monster? The answer is that, as today, people in the ancient world were tied to their ancestral lands and for thousands of years the slopes of the volcano were planted, no one at that time connected Between the increasing earthquake and the smoke coming out of the mountaintop as a sign of an impending disaster, so everyone in the area was surprised and most of them run away soon after the eruption.
Source: ancient-origins site.