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Reviews In Pompeii, the discovery of a large ceremonial float in excellent condition delighted archaeologists

15:20  01 march  2021
15:20  01 march  2021 Source:   bfmtv.com

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The archaeological park of Pompeii announced on Saturday the discovery of a large ceremonial float, found in excellent condition, just a few hundred meters away north of the famous Italian cultural site.

"A large ceremonial chariot with four wheels, with its iron elements, beautiful bronze and pewter decorations, mineralized wood remains, imprints of organic elements (from ropes to the remains of vegetable decorations), was found almost intact ", indicates a press release from the archaeological park.

The chariot was discovered in a porch in front of a stable where, already in 2018, the remains of 3 equines, including a horse harnessed , had been found, the statement said. This discovery was made in Civita Giuliana, an area located a few hundred meters north of the Pompeii archaeological park. It was carried out as part of the fight against grave robbers, particularly active in this area of ​​Italy, full of archaeological treasures yet to be discovered.

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It is an extraordinary discovery for the knowledge of the ancient world. In the past we have found in Pompeii transport vehicles (...) or two tanks (...) but nothing similar to the chariot of Civita Giuliana

"Pompeii continues to amaze us with its discoveries and it will be like that for many years, with still 20 hectares to be excavated ", declared the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, quoted in a press release from his ministry. "It is an extraordinary discovery for the knowledge of the ancient world. In the past we found at Pompeii transport vehicles (...) or two tanks (...) but nothing like the chariot of Civita Giuliana ", rejoiced the outgoing director of the archaeological park, Massimo Osanna, quoted in the press release. "It is a ceremonial float (...) not used on a daily basis or for agricultural transport, but to accompany the moments of celebration of the community, parades and processions", added the expert.

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Like most Italian cultural sites, Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has remained closed in recent months due to the Covid pandemic and only reopened on January 18. In 2019, the site had welcomed more than 3.9 million visitors, the third most visited site in Italy after the Colosseum in Rome and the Uffizi Museum in Florence.

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© Supplied by Le Parisien Le Parisien This is a major discovery on a site that has been known for a long time. A new treasure is added to the already immense treasures of the ancient site of the Neapolitan region. The archaeological park of Pompeii announced this Saturday the discovery of a large ceremonial float, found in excellent condition, just a few hundred meters north of the famous Italian cultural site.

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