A perfectly preserved ancient Roman chariot found in the vicinity of Pompeii

The legendary city of Pompeii buried under a layer of volcanic ash continues to delight archaeologists with unique discoveries. In the stable portico, where the remains of three horses with a harness were found three years ago, Italian archaeologists recently discovered a well-preserved ancient Roman ceremonial chariot.

We will remind, Pompeii died as a result of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. e. Then, under lava flows and hundreds of thousands of tons of volcanic ash, from 2 to 15 thousand residents of the city were buried alive.

In the case of the last find, we are talking about a four-wheeled chariot, trimmed with pewter and bronze ornaments, and wooden, however, already petrified parts. Archaeologists also found fragments of organic materials - ropes and floral decorations.

The seat of the ancient chariot is a suburban villa known as Civita Juliana in the vicinity of Pompeii. Excavations here are carried out as part of the fight against "black" archaeologists who are engaged in illegal searches for artifacts and their subsequent sale in illegal markets.

The excavations were carried out in compliance with all precautions, in particular, in order to preserve any organic material, plaster was poured into the voids.