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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 April 2019

Horse unearthed at Pompeii still wearing harness

Petrified remains found in stable of ancient Roman villa include a saddle and harness

Experts work on horse skeletons in an ancient stable during excavations in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, 23 December 2018. EPA
Experts work on horse skeletons in an ancient stable during excavations in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, 23 December 2018. EPA

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

Pompeii archaeological park head Massimo Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA that the villa belonged to a high-ranking military officer, perhaps a general, during ancient Roman times.

Mr Osanna was quoted on Sunday as saying the remains of two or three other horses were also discovered.

The villa's terraces had views of the Bay of Naples and Capri island. The area was previously excavated, during the early 1900s, but later re-buried.

An archaeologist inspects the remains of a horse skeleton at the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, on Sunday. AP
An archaeologist inspects a horse skeleton in the Pompeii archaeological site, Italy, on Sunday. AP

The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed flourishing Pompeii, near present-day Naples, in 79AD.

Mr Osanna says suffocating volcanic ash or boiling vapours killed the horses. He hopes the villa eventually will be open to the public.

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