In Pompeii, a well-preserved room was discovered, which was originally probably inhabited by people in slavery.
In the room were found, among other things, three wooden beds, a chamber pot and a wooden trunk that contained metal and fabric objects. The room, which is part of a villa in Civita Giuliana, about 700 meters northeast of the Pompeii walls, has a size of 16 square meters: the only source of natural light is a window high up. The people who lived in the room worked for the family who lived in the villa.
“What is most striking is the cramped and precarious nature of this room, which is a bit of a dormitory, a bit of a closet,” said the director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Gabriel Zuchtriegel. «It is certainly one of the most exciting discoveries of my life as an archaeologist, even without the presence of great“ treasures ”. The real treasure here is the human experience – in this case of the most vulnerable members of ancient society – of which this room is a unique testimony ».