Skeleton found in Pompeii dubbed world's unluckiest man

The poor soul's skeleton was discovered by archaeologists in Pompeii.
The poor soul's skeleton was discovered by archaeologists in Pompeii. Photo credit: AAP

The skeleton of a man crushed by a huge stone while evidently trying to escape the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD has been discovered in Italy. 

He's been described as the world's most unlucky man. 

The discovery was made at the Pompeii archaeological site in southern Italy's Campania region, which once stood as a thriving Roman city. 

A photograph released by site officials on Tuesday shows the skeleton protruding from underneath an enormous rock. It's thought the rock could have been a door jamb which had been "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud," The Guardian reported. 

Pompeii was buried under metres of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Today, the site is a tourist attraction where visitors can explore the excavated ruins freely. 

The skeleton found at Pompeii is thought to have belonged to a 30-year-old man, archaeologists estimate. The victim's thorax was crushed, and his head has not been found. Experts discovered that the man suffered from an infection in his leg, which may have caused him walking difficulties. 

The discovery has been described as "an exceptional find" by the site's general director, Massimo Osanna. He said it contributes to a clearer "picture of the history and civilisation of the age". 

Pompeii is considered one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilisation, providing crucial information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of people living 2000 years ago.