Revealing archaeological find shows how the middle class of Pompeii lived, before being buried by Vesuvius
Approximately 2,000 years have passed since the volcano Vesuvius suddenly erupted and buried the Pompeii city, in southern Italy. Nowadays, this town on the old continent represents one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
Decades of excavations reveal how this civilization lived before the tragedy that wiped them out. And although much is known thanks to technological advances and constant research, new information about Pompeii continues to be found.
The most recent, impressive from the angle from which you look at it, gives data on how the middle and lower classes of Pompeii lived before being buried by the Vesuvius.
Why is this data surprising? Well, because they are the strata of which there is less information, since most of what was found is from the high society of that time.
According to what Infobae reviews, the director of this archaeological park, Gabriel Zuchtriegel states that, although the middle and lower class were the majority of the population, “it is poorly represented in the sources.”
What did they find in Pompeii?
The finding occurred specifically in an area known as Casa del Larario. Archaeologists entered a kind of apartments that were on the first floor and basement.
Inside these establishments they found numerous pieces of furniture and a kind of cupboard that goes into the kitchen. Inside them were glasses, plates, ceramics, small containers and amphorae.
There is another room that had no decoration on its walls; element that gives us the message that whoever lived there was not a wealthy person.
Inside the bedroom was a bed with part of a pillow, a small three-legged table, and a cup sitting on top of it. In addition, he had a trunk in which he kept a ceramic plate and an oil lamp.
“In the Roman Empire, there was a broad swath of the population fighting for their own social status…a class that was vulnerable in political crises and famines but ambitious when it came to climbing the social ladder,” Zuchtriegel said.