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Large Ceremonial Chariot Discovered in Pompeii


Archaeologists working at Pompeii have announced the discovery of a large ceremonial chariot, found with four wheels, it’s iron components, bronze and tin decorations, mineralized wood remains, and imprints of organic materials.

  • It is likely that the chariot was used as a transport vehicle by Roman elites during various ceremonies.
  • This is an exceptional discovery because it represents a unique find – which has no parallel in Italy thus far – in an excellent state of preservation.
  • Pompeii was a Roman town in Southern Italy’s Campania region situated along the Bay of Naples.
  • The town was completely buried by volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, over 2,000 years ago.
  • Earlier, researchers unearthed a thermopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, in Pompeii. The snack food counter was found complete with an image of a Nereid riding a sea-horse, decorative still-life frescoes, food residues etc.
  • In November 2020, the Italian Culture Ministry announced the discovery of well-preserved remains of two men, who perished during the volcanic eruption.