Pompeii dig yields rare window on day-to-day life of enslaved
MILAN– Archeologists in Pompeii excavating a vacation home amidst the ruins of the 79 A.D. volcanic eruption that damaged the ancient city have found a cramped dormitory and storeroom that uses “a very uncommon insight into the daily life of slaves,” authorities stated Saturday.
Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, stated the find was “an important discovery that improves the understanding of the life of ancient Pompeiians, in specific the level of society still little recognized.”
The room was discovered in a vacation home in the Pompeii suburban area of Civita Giuliana, just a few actions from where archeologists in January found the remains of a well-preserved ritualistic chariot.
The space, with simply one high window and no wall decorations, includes the remains of three beds constructed out of wood. The beds were adjustable, with two determining 1.7 meters (almost 5 feet, 7 inches) and one just 1.4 meters (4 feet, 7 inches), potentially showing that a family with a child had lived there.
a villa in the Pompeii suburban area of Civita Giuliana and contained the remains of 3 beds constructed of wood.AP Nearby, a wood chest consisted of metallic things and textiles that” seem part of harnesses for horses,” according to the archeological park. There also was a wooden steering element for a chariot.
Chamber pots and other individual items were under the beds, while 8 amphorae– an ancient vessel utilized as a storage jar– were in a corner, recommending storage for the home.
” We can picture here the servants, the slaves who worked in this area and came to sleep here during the night, ″ stated Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of Pompeii Archeological Park. “We understand that it was definitely a life in precarious conditions.”