Food shop in Pompeii
In yet another bizarre and surprising incident that seems to be characteristic of 2020, archaeologists have made the extraordinary discovery of a frescoed food shop in Pompeii that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passers-by.
The upcoming generations are certainly going to remember 2020 only by its elements of unusuality.
Uncovering of food shop in Pompeii
The city of Pompeii was buried in a volcanic eruption that occurred in in 79 AD.
An unusual and extraordinary shop was discovered by the archaeologists which they claim to be a street food serving shop. The shop that was discovered in the archaeological park’s Regio V site is known as a ‘Termopolium’, which is the Latin for hot drinks counter. The site of discovery has not yet been open to the public and was unveiled on Saturday.
“This is an extraordinary find. It’s the first time we are excavating an entire termopolium,” said Massimo Ossana, director of the Pompeii archaeological park.
Traces of nearly 2,000-year-old food were found in some of the deep terracotta jars containing hot food which the shop keeper lowered into a counter with circular holes.
The front of the counter was decorated with brightly coloured frescoes. Some of the frescoes depicted animals that were part of the ingredients in the food sold, such as a chicken and two ducks hanging upside down.
A bronze drinking bowl was also discovered by the archaeologists.
This bowl is known as a Patera. Along with that, ceramic jars used for cooking stews and soups, wine flasks and amphora were also uncovered.
“Our preliminary analyses show that the figures drawn on the front of the counter, represent, at least in part, the food and drink that were sold there,” said Valeria Amoretti, a site anthropologist.
Amoretti said traces of pork, fish, snails and beef had been found in the containers, a discovery she called a “testimony to the great variety of animal products used to prepare dishes”.
The city of Pompeii
A rare documentation of Greco-Roman life, Pompeii is one of Italy’s most popular attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Pompeii was buried in 79 AD due to volcanic eruption.
About two-thirds of the 66-hectare (165-acre) ancient town has been uncovered. The ruins were not discovered until the 16th century and organised excavations began about 1750. Over the years, the city has been the site foe discovery of many interesting finds and of great interest to archaeologists.