In the ruins of the volcanic city of Pompeii, scientists recently made a discovery that they themselves describe as “extraordinary”.
In a villa located about 700 meters outside the city walls, they now found a completely intact room.
Researchers believe that the owner’s slaves were the ones who lived in the room, as Pompeii Archaeological Park states in press release.
Among other things, beds made of wood, a cubicle bowl (such as a Datida toilet) and a number of other objects were found.
Two years ago, the skeletons of two people were found in the same house. Researchers believe that he was the owner of the villa and his slave.
– The most striking thing is how cramped and dilapidated this room is. It’s a place between a dormitory and a storeroom, says Director Gabriel Zustregel at the archaeological excavation site in Pompeii.
Pompeii was known as an ancient Roman city that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in 79. At least 2,000 people lost their lives, and parts of the city were preserved under ash and rocks from the eruption.
Insight into everyday life
Zuchtriegel says the bedroom discovery is unusual because it provides insight into daily life in Pompeii when the eruption occurred.
– This is truly one of the most exciting discoveries of my entire life as an archaeologist, even without the discovery of great “treasures”. The real treasure here is the human experience, in this case the experience of the most vulnerable people in an ancient society, says Zustregel.
The director of the museum was also involved in the discovery.
“Studies of this space, which will be complemented by continuous analyzes, will allow us to reveal new and exciting information about the living conditions and the life of slaves in Pompeii and the Roman world,” says museum director Massimo Osana.
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