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(ITALY) Pompeii Report: Discovery of ‘slaves’ room’ aids the understanding of ‘little known’ level of society according to culture minister Dario Franceschini #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHistoryReport – Nov.09: Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini said the find was “an important discovery that enriches the knowledge of the daily life of ancient Pompeiians, in particular the level of society still little known.”

#AceHistoryDesk says according to a report: The room was discovered in a villa in the Pompeii suburb of Civita Giuliana, just a few steps from where archaeologists in January discovered the remains of a well-preserved ceremonial chariot. This followed the recent discovery by Archaeologists that have also uncovered the skeletal remains of two people, believed to have been a wealthy man and his male slave, who were stricken by volcanic ash attempting to escape death…..

Posted Sat 6 Nov 2021 at 7:14pm, updated Yesterday at 2:54am

Two archaeologists work in a recently unearthed room in Pompeii.
The room contained three wooden beds and was likely both a dormitory and storage area.(AP: Pompeii Archaeological Park)

The Archaeological Park of Pompeii said the room would have served as both a dormitory and storage area.

It has remained in an excellent state of preservation, with three wooden beds and a series of other objects including amphorae, ceramic pitchers and a chamber pot.

“We can imagine here the servants, the slaves who worked in this area and came to sleep here at night,” said Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of Pompeii Archaeological Park.

“We know that it was definitely a life in precarious conditions.” 

The beds were adjustable, with two measuring 1.7 metres and one just 1.4 metres, possibly indicating that a family with a child had lived there.

A room with several beds, amphoras and other items covered in residual volcanic ash.
Pompeii was buried under 4 to 6 metres of volcanic ash and not rediscovered until the 16th century.(AP: Pompeii Archaeological Park)

Nearby, a wooden chest contained metallic objects and textiles that “appear to be part of harnesses for horses”, according to the archaeological park. 

There was also a wooden steering element for a chariot.

Pompeii, 23 kilometres south-east of Naples, was home to about 13,000 people when it was buried under ash, pumice pebbles and dust.

The site, not discovered until the 16th century, has seen a burst of recent archaeological activity aimed at halting years of decay and neglect. 

The villa, with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city, is considered one of the most significant recent finds at Pompeii.

It was discovered after police came across illegal tunnels dug by alleged looters in 2017.

AP/Reuters

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.09: 2021:

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