Visiting ancient Pompeii might be on your bucket list for many reasons, and now I’m adding one more. Who would have thought they had what researchers are calling a Lamborghini back in ancient times? Well, not exactly the Lamborghini we know today. More like a Lamborghini of chariots! A chariot like no other has been discovered and excavated. Pompeii is about 18 miles southeast of Naples, Italy, and well worth a visit!
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A well-preserved chariot has been discovered in Pompeii. It’s an intact ceremonial chariot from a villa near Pompeii. Researchers report that, “ The chariot is preserved in remarkable detail with four iron wheels, metal armrests and backrests, and a seat perched atop that could sit one or two people. This is a Lamborghini. This is an outright fancy, fancy car.”
Because of the adornments, archeologists think it may have been used in marriage ceremonies.
Needless to say, archeologists and historians are thrilled with the newest Pompeii discovery. Historian and writer Rubén Montoya wrote that Pompeii “does not stop giving us surprises!!!”
The community of Pompeii was buried in ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. The eruption killed hundreds of people. The ash, however, acted as a preservation agent creating what researchers call an archeological gold mine. The ash preserved many items, teaching us much about the everyday life of the people of Pompeii.
Whenever I read about Pompeii, I’m always amazed how what’s excavated survives.
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According to Italian authorities, the chariot survived the eruption and the intervening years because it was stored inside a portico. The eruption caused the walls and ceiling around it to collapse under the weight of volcanic ash. In recent years, looters had dug tunnels on either side. But “miraculously,” officials say, the chariot was spared.
Take a look at this story and article and see for yourself.
I’ve been to Pompeii and found it an incredibly interesting and fascinating way to take in some ancient history. Heading to southern Italy? Is visiting Pompeii in your travel plans or maybe you’ve already seen this in person. If so, let us know what it’s like up close and in person.
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