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This Saturday the discovery of one old street stall from Fast food in Pompeii. He Thermopole, Buried almost 2,000 years ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, it was a fast food restaurant that served food and drinks. The counter, which is in an exceptional state of preservation, still shows the original decoration and even leftovers.
The facility was partially discovered in 2019 but has so far been shown to the public. You can see on its walls bright fresh These include a picture of a nereid riding a seahorse, animal drawings (which were likely part of the menu), and an illustration that researchers say might be the brand of the business.
The thermopoly of #RegioVto get in #Pompeii, complete with the image of a nereid riding a seahorse, was partially excavated as early as 2019. It has now been created in its entirety with rich decorative still life frescoes, leftovers, animal bones and victims of the eruption. pic.twitter.com/OEqh2sbAmm
– Pompeii websites (@pompeii_sites) December 26, 2020
The Terracotta jars where they put ingredients and food, Kitchen utensils, animal bones and leftover food. traces of Pork, fish, duck, goat, snails and veal, as well as ground beans and wine. All of this gives indications of the gastronomic habits of the ancient inhabitants of Pompeii.
These stalls were very popular in Roman cities and were used to serve hot food to the lower classes of the city. According to archaeologists, they could explain the origin of “takeaway” and Fast food. More than eighty thermopoles have been discovered in Pompeii alone, but this is the first to be fully shown.
“The possibilities to analyze this thermopole are not only a testimony to daily life in Pompeii, but also extraordinary, as a complete set has been discovered for the first time.”explained Massimo Osanna, General Director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, It’s a statement.
The top of the bar is filled with recessed containers that can be used to store wine or food. They were covered with a lid to protect the product. Beans that were used to bleach wine were found in one of them. pic.twitter.com/AlAOsfYyEO
– Fernando Lillo Redonet (@LilloRedonet) December 26, 2020
In the same room, behind the counter, they met human bones, These include those of a man in his fifties near a cot, as well as amphorae, a cistern, and a well.
“The thermopole looks like it has been closed and hastily abandoned by its owners, although it is possible that someone, perhaps the older man, stayed in the early stages of the outbreak and died when the attic collapsed.”Osanna explained in an interview with the local agency Ansa.
Another skeleton found could be that of a thief or a hungry refugee. “Surprised by the burning vapors that are holding the lid of the container he has just opened in one hand.”he added.
In addition, it is likely that this particular location was very popular as it is at the intersection of Bodas de Plata and Los Balcones streets, an area that was very busy in its time.
The Thermopolia (Word from the Greek thermopolionmeaning “to sell hot food”) were very common in the Roman world. Jennifer Viegas, a Rome expert at the University of Buffalo, described it as a mixture of the two “Burger King, a British Pub and a Spanish Tapas Bar”, in a 2019 article by ABC News.
The “Thermopolia” (the compound word comes from the Greek “thermopōlion” which means “hot food”) were very common in the Roman world, with only about 80 in Pompeii. pic.twitter.com/1Lm2PuSf6l
– Telam Agency (@AgenciaTelam) December 26, 2020
Pompeii, It is located about 23 km southeast of Naples in Italy and was buried in 79 AD. after the surprising volcanic eruption of Vesuvius. The thick layer of ash helped preserve the city and the remains of its inhabitants, making it an exceptional source of archaeological information. So far, archaeologists have only managed to uncover a third of the 44 hectares of the site.
The archaeological zone of Pompeii It is the second most visited place in Italy after the Roman Colosseum, with nearly four million visits in 2019. It is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic but is expected to be open to the public again by Easter 2021.