News ID: 236352
Published: 0931 GMT December 24, 2018

Archeologists find remains of horses in ancient Pompeii stable

Archeologists find remains of horses in ancient Pompeii stable
Cesare Abbate/EPA

Archeologists have unearthed the petrified remains of a harnessed horse and saddle in the stable of an ancient villa in a Pompeii suburb.

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.

   
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