Ancient fast-food shop discovered in Pompeii ruins

Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop.

Known as a thermopolium, the shop was discovered in the park’s Regio V site, which is not yet open to the public.

Experts working on the site believe the shop would’ve been used to serve the ancient version of hot food and drink to Roman passersby.

Remarkably, archaeologists also found traces of 2,000-year-old food, including duck bone fragments and remains of goats, pigs, snails and fish, inside deep terracotta jars shopkeepers once served from.

The front of the counter was also decorated with brightly colored frescoes, some depicting animals that were part of the ingredients in the food sold, such as a chicken and two ducks hanging upside down.

Archaeologists also found a decorated bronze drinking bowl known as a patera, ceramic jars used for cooking stews and soups, wine flasks and amphora.

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