Ancient horse skeletons found in a Roman burial mound in Vinkovci, eastern Croatia
The skeletal remains of the two horses were laid out, as though still yoked to the chariot they pulled in life. This scene was unearthed from a Roman burial mound at the Stari Jackovci site in modern Croatia. Dated to the third century C.E. near the end of the Roman Empire, the mound was one of the most recent examples of this Roman Empire burial practice that archaeologists have yet found.
Only the wealthiest families, those with prominent roles in the province, would likely by buried under tumulas in the Roman province of Pannonia. This site was at the side of a major road of the Roman Empire which connected the Apennine Peninsula to the Balkans and Asia Minor. For a family to locate their tomb there was a way of showing extreme wealth.
The burial site in Vinkovci has been under excavation since 2017. The latest results were presented by archaeologists from the City Museum of Vinkovci and the Institute of Archaeology from Zagreb. Vinkovci is considered the oldest city in Europe, having been inhabited since the Neolithic period. Vinkovci is a designated area of Archaeological importance, and will likely yield other meaningful finds in the future.
Read more about this discovery at Total Croatia News.
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