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New finds in Pompeii show how “the middle class” lived

One room in the house had unpainted walls and a dirt floor apparently used for storage.

The Pompeii Archaeological Park, considered a World Heritage Site, announced this Saturday’s recent findings that enrich the knowledge about the life of the middle class in the ancient Roman city before it was engulfed by the lava and ashes of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. C.

New discoveries include a wooden crockery cabinet with shelves sagging from the weight of volcanic debris and three-legged tables topped with decorative bowls.

All these objects are found in a middle-class ‘Domus’ (home), nicknamed the Casa del Larario, which was unearthed in 2018.

Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the archaeological site, pointed out that “obviously, the [economic] resources are not were enough to decorate the five rooms of the house”, since one room had bare walls and a dirt floor apparently used for storage.

In one bedroom, archaeologists found the remains of a bed frame with a trace of fabric from the pillow, as well as a trunk with the lid open, inside which was an oil lamp decorated with a bas-relief depicting the ancient Greek deity Zeus transforming into an eagle.

Other items found in the house include a large fragment of what had been a translucent plate rimmed in brilliant shades of cobalt blue and emerald, and a well-preserved incense burner, cradle-shaped.


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