Researchers Find Slave Family Room in Pompeii Italy Buried 2,000 Years

Pompeii archaeologists have unearthed the remains of slaves’ chambers in a very rare find in a Roman villa destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, as reported by France24, Saturday (11/06/2021) (Source: AP Photo/Pompeii Archeological Park)

ROMA, KOMPAS.TV – Pompeii archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a “slave chamber” in an extremely rare find in a Roman villa that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

A small room that has three beds, ceramic pots, and a wooden chest, it was discovered during excavations at Villa Civita Giuliana, a villa on the outskirts of the city, a few hundred meters from the rest of the ancient city.

A nearly intact, ornate Roman chariot was also found at the site earlier this year. Archaeologists said Saturday the room likely housed the slaves assigned to maintain and prepare the chariots.

“This is a window into the daily lives of people who rarely appear in historical sources, which history is written almost exclusively by the elite,” said Pompeii director general Gabriel Zuchtriegel.

“This unique testimony” of how “the weakest in ancient society lived … is certainly one of the most exciting discoveries of my life as an archaeologist,” he said in a press release.

Pompeii was buried in ashes when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, killing those who did not manage to leave the city in time. They are destroyed by collapsing buildings or killed by the heat of the wedhus gembel.

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Pompeii archaeologists have unearthed the remains of slaves’ chambers in a very rare find in a Roman villa destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, as reported by France24, Saturday (11/06/2021) (Source: AP Photo/Pompeii Archeological Park)

The 16 square meter room is a cross between a bedroom and a storeroom, and three beds, one of which is a child’s size and eight amphorae, which are kept in the corner of the room.

A wooden chest containing metal and cloth objects that appeared to be part of the horse-drawn carriage’s reins, as well as a horse-drawn carriage rod was found resting on one of the beds.

The remains of three horses were found in a stable during excavations earlier this year.

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