He added the carriage would have “accompanied festive moments for the community, (such as) parades and processions”.
A statement from the archaeological park added: “A large ceremonial chariot with four wheels, along with its iron components, beautiful bronze and tin decorations, mineralised wood remains and imprints of organic materials (from the ropes to the remains of floral decoration), has been discovered almost intact.
“This is an exceptional discovery which has no parallel in Italy thus far – in an excellent state of preservation.”
The ruins of Pompeii were not discovered until the 16th century, and excavations did not begin until the 1750s.
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