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Archaeologists find ancient horse buried in ash in Italy's Pompeii

Street of houses with balconies still intact also discovered

Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Some of the balconies even had amphorae — the conical-shaped terra cotta vases that were used to hold wine and oil in ancient Roman times.

The culture ministry's Pompeii authority announced the discovery Thursday. It said the balconies were a "complete novelty" for this part of the buried city, which hasn't yet been fully excavated. A statement said the balconies will be restored and the area included in a tour open to the public.

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The Washington Post reported Friday that an ancient horse has also been discovered at the site of Civita Giuliana outside the city walls.

“In the stable where it died, the horse lay on its side, its legs bent slightly at the knee, its jaw open and jutting into the ground. Like the roughly 2000 people and countless animals in Pompeii in 79 AD, the horse likely died instantly when an enormous plume of ash engulfed the ancient Roman city following one of the most cataclysmic volcano eruptions in history,” the Post reported.

The horse, the Post reported, is just under 5 feet tall, but is believed to be an adult, according to the archaeologists’ summary of the discovery. Despite its height, the report says the horse was likely large for that time period.

In addition to the horse, archaeologists found a stable and four rooms, plus a tomb containing the an adult man.

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