Pompeii- restoration of Mauiri's horse skeleton

Pompeii’s House of Ceres and horse skeleton reopen

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On June 14th, the House of Ceres and the skeleton of a horse reopened to visitors at Pompeii Archaeological Park.  

The skeleton of a horse and the House of Ceres are two new important things for Pompeii visitors to see.

From June 14th, the House of Ceres reopened to the public after restoration of its decorations, mosaic flooring, and garden with its fields of grains of various types connected with the worship of Ceres.

The home owes its name to the terracotta bust of the goddess Ceres that was found in one of the open areas of the atrium. Ceres was a divinity of the Earth and fertility and protector of harvests, and the bust was probably part of the furnishings of a small domestic place of worship.

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The domus also underwent improvement works, with artistic lighting installed along the visitors’ path for decorative elements. In addition, there is a new walkway between the atrium and the displays in glass cases of objects found in the home.

Along the same Via di Castricio, onto which the home faces, visitors can once again see in an area across the road the skeleton of a horse. Originally found in 1983 by Amedeo Maiuri, it has been restored and placed in a more scientifically correct position and in a climate necessary for the protection of the horse.

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