Ornate Chariot Found Preserved in Ash in Mt Vesuvius

Researchers believe it could have been a chariot used for marriage rituals or processions
Pompeii was completely buried due to an eruption of Mt Vesuvius
Pompeii was completely buried due to an eruption of Mt Vesuvius

There's a lot that the past has yet to reveal. And in the last couple of years, archaelogical finds are just rolling in, telling us more about our shared histories.

Last year,&nbspa brand new species of tyrannosaurus was discovered by a farmer and paleontology enthusiast who was hiking in Alberta, Canada. It is believed that this may be one of the earliest species of the same ever found in North America.

Then a well-preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor was found near Verona.

In India this year, archaelogists found what seems to be the first hilltop monastery of the Gangetic Valley.   

Ice Age cave art was found deep inside the Amazon rainforests in Colombia last year, providing an idea of the people and the animals that lived there. The drawings likely date between 11,800 and 12,600 years ago.

Now we hear that archaelogists have discovered an ornate, four-wheeled chariot at villa Civita Guilia near Pompeii.

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The ornaments of the chariot include scenes on rear medallions that refer to Eros. Researchers are of the view that the chariot could have been used for marriages and other processionals.

&ldquoIt is an extraordinary discovery for the advancement of our knowledge of the ancient world. At Pompeii vehicles used for transport have been found in the past, such as that of the House of Menander, or the two chariots discovered at Villa Arianna(one of which can be admired at the new stabian antiquarium), but nothing like the Civita Giuliana chariot.&rdquo Said Massimo Ossana, outgoing Director of the Archaeological Park, in a statement.

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