DISCOVERED: Ancient remains of Roman horse killed by Vesuvius in Pompeii


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The waits of the 2,000 year Roman horse were discovered in Pompeii

The horse was discovered in the lasts of a large Roman villa, which was being excavated illegally by grave raiders searching for artefacts and valuables – sparking a police investigation.

Archaeologist Massimo Osanna, tell ofed the horse as an “extraordinary” discovery.

The horse is believed to have been acclimated to in military ceremonies and parades, and possibly for races, according to experts.

The stay puts of the animal were discovered in a stable connected to the villa.

The tomb raiders had dug a 60 metre-long network of channel tunnels under the villa in their search for frescoes and artefacts, authorities develop.

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The horse was discovered in the detritus of a large Roman villa

Experts used laser scanners to get the illegal tunnels, which were just 60cm wide.

The remains of scullery utensils and a part of a wooden bed, which had been miraculously preserved lower than the volcanic ash, were found in the villa.

It was the second major discovery at Pompeii in a few weeks.

Survive month, archeologists found the skeleton of a child – believed to be seven or eight years of age – who sought to hide in a public baths complex from the ash and pumice which hit the municipality during the eruption.

It is thought that the child suffocated by the clouds of ash that covered the municipality.

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Tomb raiders dug a 60-metre-long network of tunnels under the villa

The forth of Mt Vesuvius destroyed both Pompeii and its neighbouring town Herculaneum.

Smear was pumped into the space where the horse was found, producing an on the mark cast of the animal.

It is a late 19th century technique that was pioneered by some of the cardinal archaeologists to systematically excavate Pompeii.

It is the first time a cast has been hooked of a horse at Pompeii.

The technique is normally used to make moulds for the understanding victims of the eruption.

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