Officials in Italy said that the stone block, which might have been a door jamb, struck the man's upper body and crushed his thorax and head, which they have yet to excavate from underneath the stone.
Massimo Osanna, the general director of the archaeological site, said in a statement that it was an "exceptional find."
"Beyond the emotional impact of these discoveries, the ability to compare them in terms of their pathologies and lifestyles as well as the dynamics of their escape from the eruption, but above all to investigate them with ever more specific instruments and professionalism present in the field, contribute toward an increasingly accurate picture of the history and civilisation of the age," he said.
Vesuvius's explosion, in A.D. 79 is one of the world's most widely known historical natural disasters. The blast destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, two towns south of Naples, and left preserved many of the area's structures and human remains in ash. Archaeologists began new excavations at the site in March at a section called "Regio V."
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