Pompeii was home to about 13,000 people when Mount  Vesuvius volcano erupted. 79 AD – it had been buried under ash, pumice pebbles and mud as it endured the force of an eruption like many
atomic bombs. About two-thirds of the 66-hectare (165-acre) ancient town has been uncovered.

The ruins weren’t discovered until the 16th century and organised excavations began around 1750. A rare documentation of Greco-Roman life, Pompeii is one among Italy’s hottest attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Findings

Archaeologists have unearthed a frescoed hot food and drinks shop, in Pompei. The shop is assumed to possess served the traditional equivalent of street food to Roman passersby. The shop, referred to as a ‘Thermopolium’’

“thermos” = hot  “pele” = to sell, Regio V site isn’t yet hospitable the general public .

Traces of nearly 2,000-year-old food were found in a number of the deep earthenware jars containing hot food, which the shopkeeper lowered into a counter with circular holes. The front of the counter was decorated with brightly coloured
frescoes. a number of these frescoes depicting animals that were a part of the ingredients within the food sold, like a chicken and two ducks
hanging the wrong way up .

Traces of pork, fish, snails and beef had been found within the containers. Duck bone fragment was found in one among the containers,
along with remains from goats, pigs, fish and snails. This shows the variability of animal products wont to prepare dishes. At rock bottom of a wine container were traces of ground fava
beans, which in past were added to wine for flavor
and to lighten its colour.

The frescoes are likely to possess served as a billboard of the menu. Archaeologists also found:
a decorated bronze drinking bowl referred to as a patera, ceramic jars used for cooking stews and soups, wine flasks, and amphora.

Plant and animal specialists are still analyzing remains from the site, Initial analyses confirm how the painted images represent ,the foods and beverages effectively sold inside. one among the counters is frescoed with a figure of an undersea
nymph astride a horse.

One surprise find was the entire skeleton of a dog.
the invention intrigued the excavators, since it wasn’t a large, muscular dog like that painted on the counter but a small adult dog, whose height at shoulder level was 20-to-25 centimeters. it’s rare to seek out remains from past of such small dogs.
this means selective breeding within the Roman epoch to obtain this result.

it’s the the primary time archaeologists have excavated an entire thermopolium. A segment of the fast-food counter was partially dug up in
2019 during work to prop up Pompeii’s oft-crumbling ruins. Since then, archaeologists kept digging, revealing a multi- sided-counter, with typical wide holes inserted into its top. The countertop held deep vessels for decent foods, a bit like soup containers nestled into modern-day salad bars.

an honest location are often crucial for restaurants, and the operator of this ancient fast-food joint appeared to have found an honest spot. Right outside the eatery was alittle square with a fountain,  with another thermopolium within the vicinity.

Human remains were also discovered within the excavation of the eatery. Those bones were disturbed within the 17th century during clandestine excavations by thieves trying to find valuables, Pompeii authorities said. a number of the bones belonged to a person , who seemed to
have been lying on a bed or a cot, when the Vesuvius erupted, since nails and pieces of wood were found under his body.


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