The remains of two victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago have been unearthed at a villa on the fringes of Pompeii. Researchers believe the figures are those of a young slave and a wealthier older man, presumed to be the master of the household. The bodies of the two men are in exceptionally well-preserved condition. The skeletons were found during ongoing excavations at Civita Giuliana, less than a half mile northwest of Pompeii, at a villa overlooking the Bay of Naples. Three years ago, a stable and the remains of three harnessed horses were uncovered. After the bones were analyzed, plaster casts of the bodies were made (a technique invented by Giuseppe Fiorelli in 1867). The two bodies were found in a side room of the cryptoporticus, a corridor below the villa, where the two may have gone to seek shelter.