Restaurant in Pompeii unearthed: a thief was probably the last guest – news abroad

What an appetizing find!

In Pompeii, Italy, archaeologists have unearthed an intact counter in an ancient snack bar from the time the city fell. The “Snack Bar”, as it called the museum, is one of the oldest in Pompeii, announced the Parco Archeologico on Saturday. “The opportunities to study this thermopoly are extraordinary because this is the first time an area of ​​this type has been excavated in its entirety,” said a representative from the museum. A Thermopolium is a Roman restaurant.

▶︎ Parts of the counter had already been excavated in 2019. During the work, the experts also found leftovers and bones from humans and animals that were victims of the volcanic disaster on the Gulf of Naples in ancient times. According to initial findings, the human remains are those of a person who was around 50 years old at the time and who was probably lying on a kind of bed at the time of the disaster. Other remains are still being investigated.


A sea nymph with a harp

A sea nymph with a harpPhoto: Luigi Spina / Pompeii Archaeological Park / AP / dpa

“The analysis options are exceptional because the entire area was excavated for the first time,” said the head of the excavations in Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, on Saturday. The remains of several victims of the volcanic eruption around 2000 years ago have also been found nearby.

“The place seems to have closed hastily and has been abandoned by its owners,” Osanna told the Ansa news agency. According to him, the researchers 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 yellow painted counter is decorated with images of animals, depicting an everyday situation and the image of a nereid, a nymph of the sea, on a seahorse. The ducks and a rooster depicted were probably animals that were slaughtered and sold in the shop. There are also holes in the stone table where the researchers assume that the food for sale was displayed there.

Even a prankster seemed to have tampered with the counter of his time. Literally translated, “Nicias shameless shit” is carved in Latin next to one of the paintings. Nicias, for example, could have been the shop owner.


Did the counter look like it did in this picture?

Did the counter look like it did in this picture?Photo: Luigi Spina / Pompeii Archaeological Park / AP / dpa

Pompeii was sunk in the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Ash, mud and lava buried the settlements. The historic city was rediscovered in the 18th century. Since then, new findings have come to light again and again. The archaeological site is one of the most popular attractions in Italy. Most recently, the archaeologists succeeded in reconstructing two men who were probably surprised by the eruption.

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