Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was discovered in the archaeological park’s Regio V site, which is not yet open for the public, and unveiled on Saturday. The traces of nearly 2,000-year-old food were found in some of the deep terra cotta jars containing hot food. The front of the counter was decorated with brightly coloured frescoes, some depicting animals that were part of the ingredients in the food sold, such as a chicken and two ducks hanging upside down.
According to Massimo Ossana, director of the Pompeii archaeological park, the preliminary analyses shows that the figures drawn on the front of the counter, represent, at least in part, the food and drink that were sold there and this is for the first time they were excavating an entire termopolium.
If we go by the Reuters report, there are traces of pork, fish, snails and beef on the containers, which is believed to be the testimony to the great variety of animal products used to prepare dishes.
As per the report, about two-thirds of the 66-hectare (165-acre) ancient town of Pompeii has been uncovered till date. The ruins were not discovered until the 16th century, and organised excavations began about 1750. A rare documentation of Greco-Roman life, Pompeii is one of Italy’s most popular attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With inputs from Reuters