Archaeologists discovered a unique Roman ceremonial carriage from a villa outside Pompeii, which was buried by a volcanic eruption in AD 79.
An almost well-preserved four-wheeled carriage made of iron, bronze and tin was found near the horse near an ancient villa in Civita Giuliana, about 700 meters north of the ancient city walls of Pompeii.
Massimo Osanna, the outgoing director of the Pompeii archaeological site, said that the horse-drawn carriage was the first horse-drawn carriage discovered in the area. So far, the horse-drawn carriage has produced practical vehicles for transportation and work. But no ceremony was held.
Osanna said: “This is an extraordinary discovery that can enhance our understanding of the ancient world.”
The Ministry of Culture called this a unique discovery, without any precedent in Italy.
About 13,000 people lived in Pompeii, 14 miles southeast of Naples. It was buried in volcanic ash, pumice pebbles and dust because it was subjected to explosive power equivalent to many atomic bombs.
In this 66-hectare (165-acre) ancient town, about two-thirds have been discovered. The ruins were not discovered until the 16th century, and organized excavations began in 1750.
Dario Franceschini, the head of aquaculture in Italy, said: “The ancient city of Pompeii continues to marvel us with its discoveries, and it will continue for many years, with 20 hectares of land to be excavated.
Pompeii is a rare document of the life of the Greco-Romans, one of the most popular attractions in Italy, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.