0512 GMT July 18, 2019
The Pompeii archeological park’s head, Massimo Osanna, told the Italian news agency Ansa that the villa belonged to a high-ranking military officer, perhaps a general, in ancient Roman times, AP wrote.
Osanna was quoted as saying that the remains of two or three other horses were also discovered. The villa’s terraces had views of the Bay of Naples and the island of Capri. The area was excavated during the early 1900s, but later reburied.
The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the flourishing city of Pompeii, near present-day Naples, in 79 CE. Osanna said suffocating volcanic ash or boiling vapors killed the horses. He hoped that the villa will eventually reopen for public visits.