POMPEII, Italy: The Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Italy has announced that a well-preserved room, once inhabited by slaves, has been discovered in the ruins of the ancient Roman city.
The small undecorated room measured just 16-square meters and had three beds, a chamber pot, a wooden chest containing horse harnesses, and a single small window.
The Guardian reported that a chariot shaft was also found, indicating the slaves used the room as a workshop for repairs.
The “incredible preservation” of the room was verified by archeologists continuing to work at the site of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE.
On Pompeii’s website, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director-general of Pompeii’s archaeological park, lauded the findings, stating they are a “window into the precarious reality of people who seldom appear in historical sources.
“The true treasure here is the human experience, in this case of the most vulnerable members of ancient society, to which this room is a unique testimony,” he added.
The Civita Giuliana villa, outside the Pompeii city walls, was first excavated in 2017 and several unique finds have been made, including a ceremonial chariot and a stable.
In November 2020, the team at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii created replica plaster casts of two people who died in the Vesuvius eruption, thought to be a master and slave, using their remains found in an underground chamber of a villa in Civita Giuliana.
The ruins of Pompeii were first discovered in the 16th century, with over 1,500 of the estimated 2,000 victims having now been found.