(By Silvia Lambertucci) (ANSA) – Pompeii, August 6 – In a room there is a cupboard that has not been opened for 2,000 years and still has dishes inside. Glass dishes, ceramic bowls, vases.
Another has tables, beds and chests that still hold ornaments.
In Pompeii, excavators are excavating the backside of the ‘Enchanted Garden’, an astonishing painted area featuring a large laralium temple that was unveiled in 2018.
And to my surprise, where I expected to find a large and luxurious house, a modest yet majestic room appeared. There are even some sophisticated objects and folders of papers remarkably reproduced by plaster casts.
These areas tell the story of the city’s middle-class life, explained Gabriel Züftriegel, curator of the archaeological park.
“These people often lived in rental housing and were around the wealthy classes,” he said.
Zuchtriege said this situation was common in the city of Campania, which was colonized by Rome in 80 BC.
“It was a situation that considered a large portion of the population, and yet it has been largely undocumented and undiscussed so far,” he said.
The walls of these rooms, as seen by ANSA thanks to a sneak preview, are plastered but bare, in contrast to the stunning exterior, complete with large, winding snakes and ferocious beats that go well with Lararium’s sophisticated paintings. ,There is nothing. No traces of any paint.
The clay floor is also bare.
It didn’t lack facilities, but had a decent-sized kitchen and toilet, about the same as you’d find in a more important home.
We are in Region V, excavated as part of the ‘Great Project’ to enhance the safety and security of World Heritage Sites.
A short walk from here on the same street is the grand door of Marco Lucrezio Frontone’s palace, adorned with amazing third-style frescoed walls, a marble atrium and impluvium, and a magnificent peristyle. It has a large garden.
“This discovery was a surprise, and that’s why it’s so important to keep excavating,” commented Massimo Osanna, head of the Ministry of Culture’s Museums Department, who was in charge of the park and head of the excavation project in 2018.
“Pompeii never ceases to amaze us. Current research is invaluable because it helps us unravel its history,” said a few months ago in the slave room of the villa in Civita Juliana. As such, it casts a new spotlight on the state of affairs in the city and the devastating final hours of 79AD.
The plaster has recovered the furniture here as well, and the chest hastily packed with valuables has returned.
Then there were the pillows left on the bed, the beams that had fallen on the furniture, the rooms on the second floor, and the packs of pills (probably contracts) that had been stringed together and sealed in wax, as was customary at the time. I have.
“This cast is unique to Pompeii,” the director noted.
Part of the ceiling has collapsed, and there is a cupboard on the first floor, and it makes my heart race to think that it has remained closed for more than 2000 years.
The plates, glass objects, and tableware crammed inside are released in what archaeologists call a micro-excavation, then put away like many objects found here and there in different rooms. A refined sphinx head, a large basin also of bronze, sat on his one table in the room. Objects on top of dozens of even more detailed objects, including metal door locks, bone cupboard hinges, small whetstones for bread, and wood burned into the wall of what appears to be a storeroom.
Excavations are ongoing, but Zuchtriegel said he intended to work on a project to make the room safe and open to visitors.
They range from the splendor of Lucrezio Frontone’s house, to the bare walls of this mansion, which was probably the great house of an important person before the earthquake of 62 BC, but was then divided and occupied. It will become part of your itinerary. by a less wealthy family.
“Pompeii never ceases to amaze you,” commented Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.
All the more so if it gives us insight into the more modest elements of everyday life there that are still incredibly relevant today. (ANSA).
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