Triumphal wagon with erotic images excavated in Pompeii

Archaeologists have dug up a unique ceremonial chariot from ancient times in Pompeii, an ancient Italian city that was buried in ash and lava in 79 AD when the nearby Vesuvius volcano erupted. The four-wheeled iron vehicle is almost intact and decorated on the side with pewter and bronze decorations depicting men and women in erotic scenes.

According to researchers, this find, which was made at Villa Civita Giuliana in the north of the city near the southern Italian Naples, is unique to Italy. According to the first findings, the triumphant was used by the Roman elite for festive occasions. There was room for one or two people. In 2018, the remains of three horses were found on the grounds of the villa. Thieves would have dug tunnels here before to plunder. Justice is investigating that.

The Italian Minister of Culture was pleased with the discovery. Pompeii continues to amaze us with his finds and that will take many years to come, with twenty hectares still to be excavated, said Dario Franceschini on Saturday.

Pompeii lies at the foot of the Vesuvius volcano and there lived about 13,000 people at the time of the eruption in 79 AD. The city was rediscovered in the 18th century. The archaeological site is one of the most popular sites in Italy.