Archaeologists discover ‘slave room’ in Pompeii

Archaeologists have discovered a historical room outside Pompeii last week that presents more information about the conditions of slaves in the ancient Roman city, according to a report by CNN.

Pompeii is historically famous for being an ancient city that was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. It was reportedly home to about 13,000 people.

Archaeologists managed to find the room, about 172 square feet, in a well-preserved condition, and inside the room are three wooden beds measuring 1.7 and 1.4 meters respectively and other objects such as amphorae and ceramic jugs. A wooden chest containing cloth and a carriage shaft was also found.

Additionally, in February, archaeologists discovered an almost perfectly preserved four-wheeled carriage made of iron, bronze and tin near the stables of an ancient villa in Civita Giuliana, also on the outskirts of Pompeii.
All that is interesting reports that the room may have housed a family of three whose responsibilities were only to serve their masters.

The remains of two men who died in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in AD 79 are discovered in an excavation conducted during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Pompeii, Italy, on 18 November 2020. Picture taken on November 18, 2020. Luigi Spina / Handout via REUTERS (credit: REUTERS)

The slaves in question were more likely to be foreigners, as most of those enslaved during the Roman period were foreigners who were prisoners of war or sailors.

Last August, archaeologists discovered a well-preserved skeleton of a man believed to be in his 60s in a cemetery in Pompeii, which has shed new light on funeral rites and cultural activity in the ancient city.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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