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Weird Oddities Found At Pompeii That Aren't Bodies

List RulesVote up the strangest artifacts that have been uncovered from the ruins of Pompeii.

The preserved corpses of victims are the most well-known remnants from Pompeii; however, weird Pompeii artifacts are not limited to the human victim variety. Things found at Pompeii are a haunting reminder of the vibrant city that once existed. Strange Pompeii artifacts that still capture our imagination today include prized possessions, good luck charms, urns, and more.

Archeologists digging through the weird Pompeii ruins were given a fascinating task. What did they find in Pompeii? Workers found evidence of a vibrant, lively city that was turned to ash on an otherwise normal day. Odd, everyday things found in Pompeii are a reminder random tragedies can strike at any time.

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    A Butchered Giraffe Bone

    Excavations of the downtown region of Pompeii, where many citizens enjoyed meals in restaurants, revealed some unexpected cuisine. Food widely available in the region, like fish, olives, chicken, and eggs, was discovered. However, more exotic food choices were also present. Archeologists found the leg joint of a giraffe amongst the ruins.

    This was the only giraffe bone ever to be found in Roman Italy. Researchers assume the giraffe meat was the result of long distance trading. In addition to a giraffe bone, they found evidence of other exotic food options that may have been popular in Pompeii: archeologists also dug up remnants of non-native shellfish and sea urchins.

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    81 Loaves Of Carbonized Bread

    When a bakery was excavated in Pompeii, 81 loaves of carbonized bread were found. It is eerie to see food preserved for almost 2,000 years, as it’s a reminder that Mount Vesuvius erupted on an otherwise uneventful day. Bread was simply sitting in the bakery, waiting to be purchased and eaten, when disaster struck.

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    Master/Slave Arm Band

    Sexual relationships between masters and slaves were common in Ancient Rome. Evidence of this was uncovered in Pompeii. Researchers discovered a gold band inscribed with the words “Dominus ancillae suae,” meaning “From the master to the slave.” This was likely a gift given from a master to show appreciation for an intimate slave/master relationship.

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    A Chariot Described As The 'Lamborghini' Of Its Time

    In February 2021 the Archaeological Park of Pompeii announced that researchers had discovered an extraordinarily well-preserved four-wheeled ceremonial chariot made of iron, wood, rope, and other materials, including bronze and tin decorations. It was found in a portico facing a stable during excavation activities at a villa called Civita Giuliana outside the city walls north of Pompeii.

    Massimo Osanna, outgoing director of the Archaeological Park, said that "this type of chariot, which has never before emerged from Italian soil," was not used for daily or agriculture purposes but "to accompany community festivities, parades, and processions." Medallions on the chariot show satyrs and nymphs, suggesting the vehicle might have been used in marriage ceremonies.

    "This is a Lamborghini. This is an outright fancy, fancy car," University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Eric Poehler told NPR.

     

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