The city of Pompeii was buried in a devastating volcanic eruption in 79 AD, but archaeologists are still uncovering extraordinary structures in the region. On Saturday, he unveiled his latest discovery – an extremely well-preserved ancient “snack bar.”
Officials said Regio V’s Thermopolium would be a store where hot food is sold, equivalent to a modern street cart or fast-food establishment. Partially excavated in 2019 and its entirety was revealed on Saturday.
The objects found in the ruins were such as an image of a nerid with a fresco of gladiators riding a sea horse and fighting. During the most recent phase of excavation, archaeologists further painted colorful scenes, including depictions of animals that were likely sold in the shop, such as a mallard duck and a rooster.
There was also a depiction of a dog on a leash, which served as a warning, as well as a complete skeleton of a dog between the shop doors.
“Docking inscriptions can be found scratched on the frame that encircles the dog’s painting: NICIA CINAEDE AACATOR – Literally ‘Nikias (probably a freedman from Greece) Shamless Sh *****!’ The officials said. “It was possibly left by a prankster who tried to poke fun at the owner, or by someone working in a thermopolymium.”
Archaeologists also found containers, approximately 2,000-year-old bone fragments of animals that were sold there, which were placed in the shop counter. Traces of pork, fish, snails and beef were found in the container, which archaeologist Valeria Amoretti called “great diversified products of animal origin used in the preparation of dishes.”
The small square in front of the shop had a fountain and a water tower. Inside the shop were nine amphorae, a bronze drinking bowl called manes, two flasks and other ceramic jars.
Human bones were also found at the site, some belonging to a 50-year-old man who appeared in bed when the explosion occurred.
“With the Pompeii being another insight into daily life, the possibilities for the study of this thermopolymium are extraordinary, for the first time a field of this type has been excavated in its entirety, and it has become possible to complete all. Analysis. Does what today’s technology allows, “said Massimo Osna of Pompeii’s Archaeological Park. “These discoveries will be further analyzed in the laboratory, and in particular, the residues found in the counter’s dolia (terracotta containers) are expected to provide an understanding of what was sold and what the diet was like. Extraordinary data will be received. “
According to officials, Thermopolia, where residents enjoyed drinks and hot food, was very common in ancient Rome, when people usually dined outside the house. Pompeii alone had 80 of them.