Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a horse that died in the volcanic eruption at Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago.
The “extraordinary discovery” came after police were alerted to illegal excavations by a group of tomb raiders near the ancient Italian city, the Archaeological Park of Pompeii said.
A plaster cast was made of the animal, which still had its bronze and iron harness on.
The remains were found in a stable in a villa outside the walls of the city, north of the Pompeii archaeological park, in an area called Civita Giuliana.
The horse appears to be surprisingly big, and probably belonged to a wealthy family, experts said.
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