Despite the difference in time, archaeologists keep revealing awe-inspiring discoveries at the Pompeii archaeological site. Amongst these is the discovery of the remains of a well-preserved, harnessed and saddled Horse in its stable.
Experts have revealed that the tall, well-groomed majestic animal was found lying in its stable in the villa of a luxurious ancient homestead in Pompeii.
The director of the archaeological site, Massimo Ossanna stated that the house surely belonged to a high-ranking military officer of the Roman Empire.
They presumed that the position and adornments of rich metals on the Horse show that it was ready to leave before Mount Vesuvius erupted and killed him in a flash in 79 A.D.
This Horse, which was still saddled up in a harness of wooden and bronze trimmings, was found in the stable alongside two other horses who didn’t survive the eruption.
Based on speculations, it is believed that the horses were probably a minute away from fleeing when the eruption happened.
They died through suffocation under the ash or boiled from the inside out due to the temperature of the surrounding volcanic vapor.
While the volcanic eruption had lasted for up to 24 hours, pyroclastic surges began at midnight, thus causing the volcanic column to collapse.
Subsequently, a slide of poisonous gas, hot ash, and rock rushed down, thus burying a number of everyday lives.
In a gruesome realization, a group of researchers from Frederico II University Hospital in Naples revealed that the unbearable heat and increase in temperature from Mount Vesuvius must have turned the systems and exploded the brains of the victims of the eruption as most of the skulls found had consistent cracks.
A press release revealed that the discovery was a result of the joint excavation operation carried out by the Archaeological Park in conjunction with the Public Prosecutor office of Torre Annunziata, the Carabinieri Group Command of Torre Annunziata and the Naples Command for the protection of cultural heritage.