CAIRO – 10 August 2022: Archaeologists have discovered four new rooms in a house in the Italian city of Pompeii.
The rooms provide a clear picture of the life of ordinary middle-class residents before the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in the year 79 AD, which brought everything to an abrupt end.
Archaeologists found dishes, a bed, a cupboard of crockery, and a bed-shaped glass-decorated incense burner. These discoveries are helping archaeologists and historians put together a better picture of "non-elite" daily life in Pompeii, according to the ancient-origins website.
The ancient city in the Campania district, which also included the Roman port town of Herculaneum and several coastal villas, was buried under 4-6 meters (13-20 ft) of volcanic ash. This volcanic ash has preserved many buildings and settings very well and provided valuable insights into Roman life in Pompeii.
Until recently, excavations in Pompeii had focused largely on the city's lavishly decorated and furnished elite Roman villas. However, recent archaeological activity has expanded its scope to find and explore the more modest homes of the middle-class and ordinary Romans living in Pompeii.