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Thursday, January 9, 2014

One of the Pompeii cuisine is the Giraffe

When the common people of Pompeii eat many kinds of food, while the wealthy of the ancient city made ​​even giraffes as meal. The leftovers were found in the waterways of the Roman city which was swept volcanic eruptions.

From these findings it can be seen that the middle to lower of Pompeii society was consumed the cheap but healthy foods while the elite one eating various delicious foods. From these findings also believed to rest the belief that wealthy Romans eat good food while the poor eating bird food.
Ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background. (Picture from: http://www.livescience.com/)
"The traditional view of a group of rodents - take whatever they find on the side of the road, or clustered around the bowl of porridge - need to be replaced with the high cost and standard of living, at least for residents in Pompeii," said Steven Ellis, a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, as quoted by LiveScience.

Pompeii is a busy city that buried by the volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted at 79 BC. Ellis and his colleagues dig around 20 shops near the site that was the busiest gates of Pompeii known as the Portia Stabia. Latrines and waste behind the food vendors showed charred food waste, human waste is also derived from the fourth century when Pompeii was in the early stages of development.

Of leftovers, it was revealed that Pompeii rabble consuming Mediterranean dishes including peas, olives, nuts, fish, and salted meat. More classy restaurant can be seen from the variation of the delicious food they served.

"Material from the sewer showed socioeconomic differences between activity and consumption behavior, which distinguishes the business is run," said Ellis. One example, water channel in a more central site that containing the import food's traces such as mussels, sea urchins, and even giraffe legs.

"It is believed to be the only giraffe bone has ever found in an archeological excavation on Roman Italy. The animals were cut to kitchen that seems to standard Pompeian restaurant not just talking about the wild exotic animal trade, but also something about the wealth," Ellis said later. The research team also found traces of exotic spices imported from distant regions, such as Indonesia. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LIVESCIENCE | SCI-NEWS.COM]
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