By Kyle James   |  05-12-2018   News
Photo credit: Parco Archeologico Di Pompei

The remains of an ancient Roman horse was discovered at the site of an illegal dig. The horse has been dated nearly 2,000 years ago to the volcanic eruption at Pompeii.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a horse that died in the volcanic eruption at Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago <a href="https://t.co/gmxYUA5ACs">https://t.co/gmxYUA5ACs</a></p>&mdash; Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/994979817828253696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The amazing discovery came after police were alerted to an illegal excavation site by a group of tomb raiders near the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.

Archaeologists took an iron cast of the animal which was so well preserved it was even still wearing its bronze and iron harness. The location of the remains and the illegal dig site was at a stable in a villa outside the walls of the city in an area called Civita Giuliana. The horse is surprisingly big and experts suggest it belonged to a wealthy family.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Remarkable discovery of a Roman horse at Pompeii that perished in the eruption of AD 79. The image shows the plaster cast from the horse-shaped void in the volcanic deposits <a href="https://t.co/SlgdcOsePZ">https://t.co/SlgdcOsePZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/tHR91CIaTL">pic.twitter.com/tHR91CIaTL</a></p>&mdash; The Ice Age (@Jamie_Woodward_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jamie_Woodward_/status/995203839405027328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The city of Pompeii was buried in ash in AD79 after a volcanic eruption doomed the city when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted. The perfectly preserved city was not uncovered until the 18th century. It was made into a World Heritage site in 1997.

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Source: https://news.sky.com/story/remains-of-ancient-roman-horse-found-at-pompeii-after-illegal-dig-uncovered-11367911

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Dawn Ford No. 25828 1526127208

wow - maybe that's why the horse showed through the sprays in 2012

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