The prehistoric city of Pompeii, which lies around 23km south-east of Naples, is a UNESCO world legacy site. It is typically one of Italy's most well-known places of interest yet is presently shut because of the Covid pandemic.
An extraordinary ancient Roman chariot was discovered close to Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79AD. The almost perfectly preserved carriage, made from iron, bronze and tin, was found near the stables of an ancient villa at Civita Giuliana, around 700 metres north of Pompeii.
Specialists trust it was utilized in celebrations and parades, with the find portrayed as "extraordinary" and "in an amazing condition of preserverance". "This is an uncommon disclosure that progresses our comprehension of the prehistoric world," said Massimo Osanna, the outgoing director of the Pompeii archaeological site. He added that the chariot was the first of its kind discovered in the area, which had so far unearthed functional vehicles used for transport, but not for ceremonies.
Osanna added: "Considering that the ancient sources allude to the use of the Piletum by priestesses and ladies, one cannot exclude the possibility that this could have been a chariot used for rituals relating to marriage, for leading the bride to her new household."
Meanwhile the country's culture ministry called it a unique find, without precedent in Italy.
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