Archaeologists find an intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii

Archaeologists find an intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii

Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy announced on Saturday the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important finds in the same area outside the park near Naples after an investigation into illegal digging.

The chariot, with its iron elements, bronze ornaments and wooden metal remains, was found in the ruins of the North Pompeii settlement, behind the ancient city walls, and stood in a stable portico where the remains of three horses had previously been. Discover.

The Archaeological Park of Pompeii described the Carthage as an “exceptional find” and said, “It represents a unique find – unparalleled in Italy until now – in excellent preservation.”

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city of Pompeii. The chariot was saved when the walls and roof of the structure it was in collapsed, and it has also escaped looting by modern-day antiquities thieves, who dug tunnels through the site, grazing but not damaging the four-wheeled vehicle, according to the park. Responsible.

The cart was found on the grounds of what are considered one of the most important ancient villas in the area around Vesuvius, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. On the outskirts of the ancient Roman city.

Last year, in the same area on the outskirts of Pompeii, archaeologists discovered the Civita Julian, the skeletal remains of what he believed to be a wealthy man and a male slave, trying to escape death.

The first iron element appeared in the vehicle on January 7 from a volcanic blanket filling the two-story hallway. Archaeologists believe the chariot was used for ceremonies and parades, and possibly also to transport brides to their new homes.

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While carts for daily life or for transporting agricultural products were previously found in Pompeii, officials said the new discovery is the first ceremonial cart to be fully discovered.

Officials said the villa was discovered after police crossed the illegal tunnels in 2017. Two people who live in homes above the site are currently on trial for allegedly digging more than 80 meters of tunnels at the site.

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