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Archaeologists find room of slaves dwelt near Pompeii before eruption

18:05, 06 November 2021
Archaeologists find room of slaves dwelt near Pompeii before eruption Photo: Общественное достояние/commons.wikimedia.org

Archaeologists have unearthed the living room at Civita Giuliana, in the suburban villa north of Pompeii, where presumably slaves dwelt. The villa itself is located 700m away from the walls of ancient Pompeii.


The living chambers had been used just before judgment day in the face of the monstrous Vesuvius volcano whose eruption buried the settlement several meters under the ash in 79 AD.

Completing the discovery of the room the archaeologists came to the conclusion that it was built for the slaves who worked at a nearby villa.

The 16 square-meter room with a window high up has three wooden beds and contains reportedly eight amphoras to store personal possessions in them, ceramic jugs, and a “chamber pot.” The walls do not seem to have been decorated.

Two of the three beds are 1,7 meters long when another is only 1,4, so the small family of slaves could have dwelt in the room, the Culture Ministry said. 

Pompeii is located 23 km southeast of Naples and before 79 AD it served as a home for around 13,000 people until the Vesuvius spilled magma along with volcanic debris and hot gases killing thousands of people and devastating all that had been around.

After the eradication dated to 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted several dozens of times as the last eruption took place in 1944. However, all the subsequent eruptions that came after the last day of Pompeii were considerably less powerful. The one that demolished Pompeii is dubbed as the Plinian eruption whose force may be compared with an atomic bomb explosion or even several of those and there haven’t been eruptions of that type since Pompeii’s demise.