Extraordinary find: excavated ancient snack bar in Pompeii

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Extraordinary find: ancient snack bar unearthed in Pompeii | tagesschau.de

Status: December 26, 2020 8:51 p.m.

The inhabitants of Pompeii apparently indulged in fast food every now and then before the destruction of the ancient city. During excavations, archaeologists have found a snack bar that is surprisingly well preserved.

Rooster on a stick or lamb to take away instead of burgers and fries – apparently fast food was also eaten in the ancient city of Pompeii, but not the same dishes as we do today. The reason for the assumption is a find by archaeologists. The researchers have unearthed an exceptionally well-preserved street restaurant: with a colorfully painted counter and prints of food.

The archaeologists also discovered duck bones and remains of pigs, goats, fish and snails in clay pots, which may have been cooked together. The findings are said to provide information on eating habits in Pompeii at the time of the catastrophe in AD 79.

The place was apparently closed in a hurry

“The analysis options are extraordinary because the entire area was excavated for the first time,” said the head of the excavations in Pompeii, Massimo Osanna. “The place seems to have been closed hastily and abandoned by its owners,” said Osanna.

According to him, the researchers also found the remains of a man who was apparently killed by the hot volcanic fumes while holding the lid of one of the pots – possibly a thief or a hungry resident fleeing from the volcanic eruption.

The Tagesschau reported on this topic on December 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.


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