Through research, archaeologists have discovered an ancient snack bar in the ruins of Pompeii. The colorful frescoes of a counter managed to survive after 2,000 years under volcanic ash.
The Archaeological Park of Pompeii announced the find and released images of the incredibly preserved bar or thermopolium. It is believed that this space was once commercial property, serving hot food.
The counter is covered with two very vibrant paintings. One showed a Nereid, or sea nymph, sitting on a horse and the other shows a worker sitting in a snack-bar kind of environment. Archaeologists said the likeness of this image is similar to modern day advertising for the same kind of business.
Several vessels known as amphorae were found by the counter which are very similar to those shown in the fresco. Excavations at the Regio V section, located at the intersection of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi, revealed 8 thermopolia at Pompeii in the past.
Interim director of the archaeological park, Alfonsina Russo, said that even if structures like these are well known, discovering more of them, along with other items that served in commercial and daily life, continues to transmit powerful emotions that bring us back to those very tragic moments of the volcanic eruption.
That said, the ruins of Pompeii have given us a very unique look into Roman civilization.
In 79 C.E., the eruption of Mount Vesuvius served as a time capsule, preserving the ancient city for thousands of years. This long forgotten city along with Herculaneum were forgotten until excavation began in the 18th century.
Since that time, archaeologists have unearthed frescoes, several human bodies, and even the remains of a horse.