ROM archaeologists have uncovered the fossilized remains of A horse and saddle in the stable of an old mansion in a suburb of Pompeii.

The head of the archaeological park Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, told the Italian news agency ANSA that the villa in Roman antiquity belonged to a high-ranking military officer.

Osanna was quoted on Sunday as saying that the remains of two or three other horses had also been discovered.

The terraces of the villa ha d views of the bay of Naples and the island of Capri. The area was previously excavated in the early 1900s but later re-buried.

The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the flourishing Pompeii near today's Naples in 79 AD

. Osanna says that she suffocated volcanic ash or boiling vapors killed the horses. He hopes the villa will eventually be open for public viewing.

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