Pompeii Find Reveals Ancient Rome Slave Secrets: Frozen in Time!
Archaeologists have made an astonishing discovery that unveils the hidden truths of life as a slave in Ancient Rome. Near Pompeii, a small bedroom used by slaves was uncovered during a dig at the Civita Giuliana Roman villa. Located just outside the walls of Pompeii, the city famously devastated by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, this find provides a unique glimpse into history.
Inside the room, the team found two beds, one with a mattress, basic cabinets, and containers containing the remains of rodents. This startling detail sheds light on the challenging and unhygienic living conditions endured by the lower classes.
This discovery also offers valuable insights into the social structure of ancient Rome. Notably, there were no signs of locks or shackles in the room, indicating that control over slaves was maintained through internal organization rather than physical restraints.
Archaeologists employed a creative technique to capture the room’s contents as they were during the Vesuvius eruption. They created plaster casts to fill the void left by decomposed fabrics and furniture covered in volcanic ash. The result is a vivid snapshot of life from 2,000 years ago, providing an unprecedented view into the past.
The increased archaeological activity around Pompeii is a result of significant funding, amounting to 105 million euros (approximately $114.4 million). This investment has revitalized research efforts, leading to valuable discoveries like this slave’s room.
Gennaro Sangiuliano, the Italian Minister of Culture, emphasizes that these findings emphasize the necessity for continued research in the area. The newfound knowledge about the material conditions and social organization of that era opens doors for comprehensive historical and archaeological studies.
Step back in time and uncover the captivating secrets of Ancient Rome’s past as Pompeii reveals its hidden stories of struggle and society.