Back in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, showering Pompeii with lava, volcanic ash, and noxious gas. The volcano buried the ancient city and those that resided there, preserving their remains in the ash for nearly two millennia and counting.
And ash doesn’t discriminate. Volcanic debris preserved both human and animal residents along with the city. One of these animals was recently found at the UNESCO World Heritage site close to Naples, Italy. Local Archaeologists found remains of an ancient horse in part of a well-preserved villa located on a significant walled tract of land used for farming just north of Pompeii.
A New Discovery in the Ancient City of Pompeii
The director general of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, declared the discovery as one of the most interesting they had ever had in the park’s history. He also said it was the first time archaeologists were able to reconstruct the remains of the horse there. The archaeologists used a unique plaster casting technique that they use at the dig sites. It was a thrilling experience for workers at the ruins.
The area archeologists found the thoroughbred in is exceptionally well-preserved. Because of this, the horse’s skeleton stayed mostly intact despite its age.
In the same area, they found a bed along with remnants of a fabric bed covering. The fabric found suggests that the villa housed the slaves of the city.
These discoveries in long lost civilizations such as Pompeii are fantastic because they help us see into the past and understand who lived where in the civilization. Other finds such as kitchen utensils are a fascinating view of the culture at that time.
Osanna also shared that archaeologists have found evidence of cultivation in the walls of the property. They are still researching the types of crops grown in the region at that time.
The events of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius is one of the most famous historical sites in the world. The eruption of the famed volcano buried the unsuspecting town and those that lived there in ash. Those unable to escape either burned or suffocated. Some places around Pompeii had several feet of ash that preserves the area and fossilized it for future generations to find and excavate.
Through the years, experts say flooding, a rise in tourism and neglect have added to the deterioration of the site. Pompeii has even made headlines across the world because of the collapsing ruins and labor disputes that stop tourists from visiting the ancient city. Poor maintenance attributes to the collapsing structures.