On Sunday, Italy’s culture ministry said archaeologists had discovered a room believed to have been used by slaves. “The room was arranged to prevent escapes or rebellion. This is also evidenced by the absence of bars, locks and saddles” – said Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park.
Archaeologists have discovered a room in a Roman villa near Pompeii – a city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 – that may have been used by slaves.
Another sensational discovery was made in Civita Giuliana, 600 meters from the former city walls.
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The discovery sheds new light on the extremely low status of slaves in antiquity, the Italian culture ministry said on Sunday.
“The rooms were organized to prevent escapes or rebellion. This is evidenced by the absence of bars, locks and saddles” – said Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park.
In the room were the remains of a bunk, boxes for working tools, amphorae. Everything was covered with a layer of pyroclastic material deposited after a volcanic eruption.
In addition to the bunk and various vessels, traces of decorations were found, as well as the remains of at least three rodents – two rats in an amphora and a rat in a jug.
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Excavations at Civita Giuliana began in the first years of the 20th century and resumed in 2017. It is confirmed that illegal work has been carried out there before.
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