DNA Explainer: The significance of over 2000-years-old ceremonial chariot unearthed in Pompeii

DNA Explainer: The significance of over 2000-years-old ceremonial chariot unearthed in Pompeii

Archaeologists working at Pompeii have recently discovered a large ceremonial chariot and they are very elated with the new find. The special features of this chariot are its four wheels, it’s iron components, bronze and tin decorations, mineralised wood remains, and imprints of organic materials.

According to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, this new discovery will help understand the ancient world and it represents a unique find which has no parallel in Italy.

The four-wheeled carriage was found near a stable where three horses were uncovered back in 2018.

Experts believe it was likely used in festivities and parades, with the find described as ‘exceptional’ and ‘in an excellent state of preservation’.

“This is an exceptional discovery, not only because it adds an additional element to the history of this dwelling and the story of the last moments in the lives of those who lived in it, as well as more generally to our understanding of the ancient world, but above all, because it represents a unique find – which has no parallel in Italy thus far – in an excellent state of preservation,” the Archaeological Park of Pompeii said in a statement.

What the excavation reveals

The chariot was discovered during an excavation on January 7, when it emerged from the volcanic material. The volcanic eruption buried the city in a thick layer of ash, preserving many of its residents and buildings.

News Source: DNA India

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