Mallard to go? Digging out of Pompeii fast-food reveals taste

Rome (AP) – A fast-food eatery has been excavated in Pompeii, which helps reveal recipes that were popular for citizens of the ancient Roman city who were partial to eating outside.

Massimo Osna, a longtime head of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, said on Saturday that Pompey had found some 80 such fast-food, the first such hot-food restaurant – known as Thermopolium – that Did not fully know.

A portion of the fast-food counter was partially excavated in 2019 to shore up Pompeii’s tort-crumbling ruins. Since then, archaeologists have excavated, revealing a multi-sided counter, with distinctive elaborate holes inserted into its top. The countertop kept deep pots for hot foods, not unlike soup containers that were placed in modern-day salad bars.

Plant and animal experts are still analyzing the remains from the site, with its counter frescoed with a figure of a figure under a horseshoe. Images of two upside-down moles and a rooster, whose plumage was painted with a distinctive vivid color, known as Pompeian red, also brightened the restaurant and advertised the menu.

Another fresco depicted leasing a dog, perhaps not unlike leash pets for modern reminders. Vulgar frescoes were inscribed on the frame of the painting.

Pompeii staff anthropologist Valeria Amoretti said, “Preliminary analyzes confirm how the pictorials represent, at least in part, foods and drinks effectively sold inside.” Her statement mentions that pieces of duck bone were found in a container, along with the remains of goats, pigs, fish and snails. The ground at the bottom of a wine container had traces of fava beans, which were added to the wine for flavor in ancient times and to lighten its color, Amoretti said.

“We know what they were eating that day,” Osna said, referring to the day of Pompeii’s destruction in 79 AD, a sign of food “what is popular with the general folk”, Osana told Rai State TV Told, noting that there are no street-foods. Not often by the Roman aristocracy.

One surprise was the complete skeleton of the dog. The discovery explained this to the excavators, as it was not “a large, muscular dog painted on the counter, but extremely small examples of an adult dog” with a shoulder height of 20 to 25 centimeters (8 -10) thi to -10 inch), said Amoretti. It is rare, Amoretti said, to search for the remains of such small dogs from ancient times, searching “to try for selective breeding in the Roman era to achieve this result.”

Also revealed are a bronze ladder, nine amphorae, which were popular food containers in Roman times, some types of flasks and a ceramic oil container.

Successful restaurateurs know that a good location can be important, and the operator of this ancient fast-food has found a good place. Osna mentioned that just outside the eatery was a small square with a fountain, in the vicinity of which was another thermopolium.

Pompeii was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, near present-day Naples. Most of the ancient city is still unpublished. The site is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.

Human remains were also discovered in the restaurant’s excavations.

Pompeii officials said the bones were visibly disturbed in the 17th century, as thieves excavated during the excavation. Officials said some bones belonged to a man who appeared to be lying on a bed or cot after the Vesuvius volcano erupted, as pieces of wood and nails were found beneath his body. Other human remains were found inside one of the counters, probably placed there centuries ago by those excavators.


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