Sunday, May 27, 2018

TWO POMPEII HORSES WERE HARNESSED
FOR ESCAPE FROM VESUVIUS ERUPTION



TWO horse cadavers found in a Pompeii villa's stable were harnessed for a frantic escape ... when they tragically were overtaken by the Vesuvius eruption.

In all, the remains of three horses were found in the villa stable, but two were wearing bits and bridles.

When the volcano erupted in 79 AD, many of the town's residents and animals collapsed and died in place after being struck with waves of superheated poisonous gas and ash, called a pyroclastic surge. 

Their decaying bodies then left hauntingly shaped voids in the hardened ash layer. Plaster casts were made of the horses.

Evidence for bits and bridles around the two cast horses suggests that they were harnessed by people trying to flee the eruption, says Massimo Osanna, general director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. 

The remains of the third horse are too incomplete to determine whether it was also harnessed at the time of death, says Corbino.

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