A 2000 year old snack bar must be doing something right

Friday, 2 April, 2010

A snack shop in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, in southern Italy, which was buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, will soon be (re)opened, giving visitors an insight into life in the old Roman city.

But months of detailed excavation and preservation work have now finished and all visitors will soon be able to enter the thermopolium and get an idea of what a typical Ancient Roman snack-bar was like. Inside, visitors are greeted with a typical, decorated counter, just as in modern cafes and bars, where customers stood to enjoy a quick lunch. Cylindrical holes in the bar once contained glass dolia, or jars, which were used to hold food.

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