The growth of the horse at the withers reached only 1.5 meters
Archaeologists have conducted new excavations in the city of Pompeii and found the ruins of the Roman stables and “the mummy” a horse that lived in them. According to researchers, the horse pinned his ears when he heard the rumble emanating from Vesuvius, and then died under the rubble of ash that covered the city in the eruption, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to ZN.UA
In the new study, the researchers conducted excavations outside the city walls of Pompeii and found them the ruins of the stables. One of them was the area of voids, the shape of which resembled a horse. When the researchers filled it in liquid plaster, it took the form of a roller, which lies on the left side on the floor of the stables.
According to archaeologists, they previously been able to detect the remains of mules and donkeys, but this is the first remains of ancient horse found in the ancient city. Compared with modern horses, the horse of Pompey was relatively small, its growth reached only 1.5 meters at the withers. On the other hand, it would be considered very tall in those days, that tells about the existence of a strong horse-breeding tradition in this region of the Empire.
In addition, the researchers also found iron bits and bronze rich harness, which indicates the values found for the horse of its owner.