Amongst the other remains of Pompeii, preserved food was discovered. Whole meals left on the family table, the beginnings of dinner in the kitchen, and carts full of wares. Loaves of bread were found still bearing the marks of the bakers who made them (Albentiis 117). Such allowed archaeologists to see what was in the everyday diets of people living in Pompeii. Abundances of one item and scarcity of another would be shown through the storerooms full of things stored for the future. Though they did not know it, the people of Pompeii set up stores that would impact more than just their own world.
Much has been learned from what is left of Pompeii. How people lived, what they wore, and what they ate in this city gives a window into all of Rome. Not only that, but what has been found is not all that is yet to be discovered. As of the year 2000, only 66 acres of the recorded 163 acre city had been excavated (Sonneborn 65). That leaves around forty percent of Pompeii still unseen. What important discoveries will still be made in Pompeii in the years to come?
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Written by Rebekah Gyger