In a neighborhood of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, a well-preserved slave cell has been unearthed. Three wooden beds, a chamber pot, and a wooden chest with metal and cloth goods were discovered in the confined living quarters of a vast house in Civita Giuliana, some 700 meters north of Pompeii’s city walls.
The finding comes about a year after the bones of two victims of Mount Vesuvius’ explosion in AD79, thought to be a master and his slave, were discovered in the same cottage, the New York Post reported.
A chariot shaft was also discovered in the chamber, which archaeologists believe functioned as the poor accommodation of a small family that worked in the villa daily, including preparing and maintaining the chariot.
The chamber was discovered in a mansion in Civita Giuliana, a Pompeii suburb, just a few feet away from where archeologists unearthed the remnants of a well-preserved ceremonial chariot in January.
Dario Franceschini, Italy’s cultural minister, described the finding on Saturday, Nov. 6, as “an important discovery that enriches the knowledge of the daily life of ancient Pompeiians, in particular a level of society still little known.”
The remains of three wooden beds may be found in the room, which has just one high window and no wall decorations. Two of the beds were adjustable, measuring 1.7 meters (almost 5 feet, 7 inches) and one measuring just 1.4 meters (4 feet, 7 inches), potentially indicating that a family with a kid had lived there.
According to the archeological park, a nearby wooden box included iron artifacts and linens that “appear to be part of harnesses for horses.” For a chariot, there was also a wooden steering device.
Under the mattresses were chamber pots and other personal items, while eight amphorae—an ancient vessel used as a storage jar—appeared in a corner, implying domestic storage.
One of the most notable recent discoveries at Pompeii is a home with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea on the fringes of the old Roman city. It was discovered in 2017 after authorities uncovered illegal tunnels built by supposed looters, confirmed the New York Post.
Archaeologists have also discovered the skeletal remains of two persons, thought to be a wealthy man and his male slave, who was struck by volcanic ash while rushing to flee death.
Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of Pompeii Archeological Park gave more details of what can be seen: “We can imagine here the servants, the slaves who worked in this area and came to sleep here at night, we know that it was definitely a life in precarious conditions.”