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.



In an interview, Massimo revealed that the discovery was extraordinary. “It’s a very important find because it is particularly rare.” He said.

Massimo further revealed in a release, “The three horses, perhaps like the first which was discovered and analyzed, must have belonged to the “nobles breed” of display of animals, as indicated by their imposing size – likely the result of selective breeding – and the quality of their iron and bronze harness.

Corroborating the words of Massimo in relation to the discovery, the Italian Culture Ministry also stated: “The discovery has been hailed as a complete novelty.”

According to ANSA, the house where the horses were found was rediscovered in the 20th century by Maequis Onofrio Imperiali. Maequis excavated a part of the villa and sold off some of its artifacts before covering it up.

Experts revealed that the house overlooked the Isle of Capri and the Bay of Naples. Amongst others, it included a kitchen garden, quarters for servants, and storehouse for wine. 

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While the estate had been dug up earlier in the 1900s, officials have had to close it to the public due to the activities of burglars.

In the earlier days of discoveries at the archaeological site, archaeologists announced the discovery of the remains of a horse and the legs of another horse. Subsequent excavations led to the discovery of a stable and equipped horse.

Asides the horses, archaeologists have also revealed other discoveries from Pompeii.

Some of these discoveries include a gilded shrine, an alleyway of grand houses with balconies left intact, an ancient erotic fresco, and graffiti inscriptions on the wall of an unfinished building.

Archaeological Park also reported that it had found four other rooms in the villa, including a wooden bed, and the tomb of a man.

Some archaeologists also revealed that they found the body of a man with a post-mortem injury

With the increasing number of discoveries, the Pompeii Archaeological Park has revealed its plans to fund more excavations.

They believe that a day will come when the villa will be opened for all to see and explore.

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