November 07, 2021
From the excavations of the villa of Civita Giuliana, in Pompeii, a new environment emerges in an exceptional state of conservation: the slave room. The excavation offers an extraordinary look at a part of the ancient world that normally remains in the dark, from which a very rare cross-section of the daily reality of slaves emerges.
It is an exceptional insight into the daily life and work of a part of the ancient population little known through official sources which are almost always from the point of view of the elite and instead we see the life of people, slaves or servants with a very low social status ” says the Director General of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii Gabriel Zuchtriegel.
The environment has been reconstructed thanks to the refinement of the casts technique invented by Giuseppe Fiorelli in the nineteenth century. “The perishable materials as well as those of the beds have left a void in the ash that has been filled with plaster with the method of casts and therefore we have in front of us the image, the imprint of this object where we can see the ropes and the leather elements and even a little iron “adds Zuchtriegel.
Two adult beds and one child’s bed and other objects in perishable materials were unearthed, so the archaeologists assume it is the home of a family of servants who took care of the daily work in a Roman villa. The discovery took place not far from the portico of the villa where, in January 2021, a ceremonial chariot currently being restored was discovered.
Source: Vista Agency / Alexander Jakhnagiev Agenziavista.it