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Archaeologists found street food shops in Pompeii



Archaeologists in Pompeii were buried by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, and found a frescoed hot food and beverage shop, providing Roman passers-by with an extraordinary find equivalent to ancient street food.

The shop is called Latin and is a hot drink counter in Latin. It was discovered in the Archaeological Park’s Reggio V site (not yet public) and opened on Saturday.

Traces of nearly 2,000 years of food were found in some deep earthenware pots containing hot food, and the owner put them on a counter with round holes.

The front of the counter is decorated with brightly colored murals. Some of the murals depict animals as part of the ingredients in the food sold, such as an upside-down chicken and two ducks.

“This is an extraordinary discovery. This is the first time we have excavated the entire White House,”

; said Massimo Ossana, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park.

The archaeologists also discovered a bronze wine glass called a patera, a ceramic pot used to cook stews and soups, a wine bottle, and an amphire bottle.

The ancient city of Pompeii is located 23 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Naples and is inhabited by approximately 13,000 people. It was buried in ashes, pumice and dust because of its explosive power equivalent to many atomic bombs.

“Our preliminary analysis shows that the numbers on the front of the counter at least partially represent the food and beverages sold there,” said on-site anthropologist Valeria Amoretti.

Amoretti said that traces of pork, fish, snails and beef were found in the container, which she called the discovery “proven evidence of a variety of animal products used to make dishes.”

In this 66-hectare (165-acre) ancient town, about two-thirds were discovered. The ruins were not discovered until the 16th century, and organized excavations began in 1750.

Pompeii is a rare document on the life of the Greco-Romans, one of the most popular attractions in Italy, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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