Mallard to take away? Archaeologists have excavated an old thermopoly– the Roman equivalent of a street vendor – im Region V. Site in Pompeii. The well-preserved stand is decorated with several frescoes a nereid (Nymphs of Greek mythology) on a seahorse, tall two-handle glasses that were commonly used for storage, and some of the earlier food such as mallards and chickens. A representation of a muscular dog adorns another side of the stand with the insult: “Nicia cineadecacator, “Written nearby. Various food-based scraps have also been found, including duckbones, fava beans, wine, and a paella dish made from pork, goat, bird, fish, and snail, as well as cookware, bottles, and storage jars.
This thermopole is believed to be one of about eighty in the Italian city, and excavations on the site began in 2019. When archaeologists discovered that the counter was still in contact, they expanded the project to include more of the area to expose. Other finds include the skeleton of a small dog and two sets of human bones from people who were trapped in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Although the remains were dismantled by scavengers who excavated the site in the 17th century, there is evidence that one of the individuals was around 50 years old and lying on a bed when the volcano buried the area.
The site should be open to the public in spring 2021 and is just one of them the impressive discoveries in Pompeii in 2020. Watch the video below, in Italian, to see the excavation process. (about Design boom)
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