New research confirms iconic Pompeii couple were men, and possibly lovers.
In 79AD, Mt. Vesuvius erupted and volcanic ash and mud covered the ancient city, as well as the surrounding areas.
Perfectly preserved in body casts, the pair were originally referred to as the Two Maidens.
But using high-tech DNA analysis and CAT scans, scientists confirmed they were in fact men.
Researchers used the bones and teeth of the bodies to determine the gender and rough age of 18-20 years old.
Massimo Osanna, director-general of Pompeii, told the Telegraph: ‘Pompeii never ceases to amaze.
‘We always imagined that it was an embrace between women.
‘You can’t say for sure that the two were lovers.
‘But considering their position, you can make that hypothesis.
Massimo Osanna: ‘It is difficult to say with certainty’
But scholar and professor at the University of Cambridge, Mary Beard believes the baseless claims are ‘fake news’.
She writes: ‘There was plenty of same-sex sex at Pompeii, as we would guess anywhere ever.
‘But the idea that this pair of male victims gave any evidence of their sexuality is barking.
‘Who you choose to hug in your dying moments in a volcanic explosion is no indication of your sexual preference, despite what the papers say,’ she said.