Archaeologists in Italy have discovered a well-preserved slave chamber during excavations in the ancient city of Pompeii.
Three beds, some ceramic jars and a box with a horse harness were found in the room, which has an area of about 16 square meters, outside the city, which was buried with ash and lava from the volcano in 79 AD.
Archaeologists also found the skeletal remains of two people believed to be a wealthy man and his slave, who were buried by volcanic ash while trying to escape death.
Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was “an important discovery that sheds light on the daily life of the ancient inhabitants of Pompeii, the life of the slave community of which we know very little.”
From his side, Gabriel Zuktrigel, director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, said: “We can imagine the servants here, the slaves who used to work in this area, coming to sleep here at night.”