A rare find of a large 4×4 vehicle in the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Excavations have uncovered a large ceremonial chariot, four-wheel drive, in a villa near the ancient city of Pompeii, in southern Italy.

According to a statement issued by the Pompeii Archaeological Park, excavators found a chariot made of bronze and tin, with wooden remains and traces of ropes.

“It is an extraordinary discovery of the evolution of our knowledge of the ancient world,” said Massimo Osana, the outgoing park manager.

He added, “In Pompeii, transport vehicles used in the past were found, such as the Menander house wagon, or two vehicles that were discovered in Villa Ariana, but nothing like the Civita Juliana wagon.”

The stable is located in the villa north of Pompeii in Civita Juliana, where the remains of three horses were found in 2018.

The cart was found inside a two-story portico, which might face a courtyard, not far from the stable.

The Archaeological Park of Pompeii described the discovery as “exceptional” and that “it adds a distinctive element to the history of the house.”

Credit: Luigi Spina/Archeological Park of Pompeii

The cart is decorated with bronze panels and wooden panels in red and black colors.

The roof of the villa is comprised of fallen English oak, a material that was used in great abundance in the Roman period, which has been carefully removed to allow further investigation.

Prospectors discovered that part of the artifact was coming out of volcanic material for the first time on January 7.

Weeks later, the entire vehicle was revealed, miraculously intact despite parts of the room it housed in collapsing.

The Pompeii Garden transferred this artifact to its laboratory to remove the remaining volcanic material, as the park begins its restoration process.

“Pompeii continues to impress with all its discoveries and will continue to do so for many years to come, with an area of ​​twenty hectares waiting for excavations,” Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said in a press video on Friday in Pompeii.

The park believes the chariot was used for ceremonial motives.

Park officials said that this type of carriage had not previously been found in Italy, as it resembles the discoveries of Thrace, in northern Greece.

The ancient city of Pompeii is one of the best tourist attractions in Italy, and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Much of the Greco-Roman city is still covered in debris, when the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the city in ash nearly two thousand years ago.

Experts are still discovering clues that reflect the city’s former life while it was in business.

Theft has occurred in the villa several times in recent years.

Torre Annunziata’s Prosecutor’s Office has assisted officers of the Naples Carabinieri Headquarters for Cultural Heritage Protection, and investigators led by the Carabinieri Group of Torre Annunziata have been helping protect the vehicle since January.

Torre Annunziata’s chief prosecutor, Nunzio Fragliaso, said in a press video Friday in Pompeii: “The fight against the looting of archaeological sites, in and out of the ancient Pompeii metropolitan area, is certainly one of the main objectives of the office.”


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