"Most significant piece of wooden furniture" found in Rome

A wooden and ivory throne, dating to the times of Julius Caesar, has been discovered in Herculaneum and is considered to be "the most significant piece of wooden furniture ever discovered there."

The throne was found by a team of Italian archaeologists at the Villa of the Papyri, the private house formerly belonging to Julius Caesar's father-in-law, Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus. Experts believe that the chair may have been used for ceremomial purposes in the celebratation of the mysterious cult figure of Attis.