Ancient Horse and Stable Found Under Pompeii Ash

Live Science | 5/17/2018 | Staff
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The horse likely swiveled its ears when it heard the deafening roar from Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. That was one of the last things the animal ever did: After that, it died, buried in the massive amounts of ash that killed about 30,000 people and destroyed Pompeii.

Now, archaeologists have found the remains of that horse and the stable where it perished, just outside of Pompeii's city walls. Amazingly, the ash-covered cavity carved out by the horse's body was so well-preserved that researchers were able to inject liquid plaster into it.

Excavations - Remains - Donkeys - Mules - Pompeii

Previous excavations have unearthed the remains of donkeys and mules at Pompeii, but this is the first complete outline of an ancient horse discovered in the ancient city, the archaeologists said.

Several clues suggested that a horse's body had carved out the cavity, including an imprint of the animal's ear on the ground. Moreover, the animal's proportions indicated that it is a horse (Equus caballus) rather than a mule (the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) or a hinny (the offspring of a female donkey and...
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