Four horse skeletons found in ancient Greek cemetery

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The discovery of a fourth complete horse skeleton at a human burial site in southern Greece could provide invaluable research opportunities.

The latest skeleton is said to be the best preserved of the four, with intact hooves.

The remains were unearthed in the Faliro necropolis in southern coastal Athens.

Other horse remains have been discovered in the ancient cemetery, but it is the degree of preservation of the complete skeletons that provides opportunities for study, potentially providing insights into the likes of breeding and the path toward modern horse breeds.

Nearly 140 human burials have been found in the necropolis, which dates from the 8th century BC.

The grave site has yielded other interesting finds, including a couple lying with their hands clasped.

Some of the finds may ultimately be put on display at a nearby cultural centre.

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