In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed by a volcanic eruption, scientists have found a kiosk with remnants of food. This is a unique find for archaeologists, as scientists have not been able to identify the food sold there before, Massimo Ozanne, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, told Rainews24 TV.
“This kiosk is special because we managed to restore the food that was sold there. In addition, frescoes on the counter have been preserved in splendid form, which also describe the products offered,” Ozanna stressed, adding that in the entire history of excavations in the city about 80 such establishments have been found.
According to him, the find makes it clear what taste preferences the ancient Romans had. For example, Pompeian chefs added different types of meat to many fish dishes. “It should be understood that such establishments were visited mainly by commoners, not the nobility, who were served complex dishes to the table,” the expert added.
Zoologists working on the excavation identified duck carcasses, pig, sheep and goat bones, as well as birds and snail shells. Biomaterial was well preserved under a thick layer of lava. In addition to zoologists and archaeologists, volcanologists and biologists are working on the project.
Earlier it was reported that scientists have discovered the remains of a wealthy resident of Pompeii and his slave, who died during the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. According to the researchers, the victims of the eruption initially survived when Vesuvius began spewing ash, but died in a powerful explosion the next morning.