Antique fast food excavation photos of Pompeii

  • On December 26, archaeologists discovered an ancient Roman food counter.
  • The counter was preserved underground by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
  • Remains show that ancient Romans could buy wine, goat, duck and other meals.
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Archaeologists have discovered an ancient fast food counter in the ruins of Pompeii, and it shows that the taste has not changed much in the last 2000 years.

The site, first discovered in 2019, was buried by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The excavation revealed that a counter for hot food and drinks, the equivalent of street food or fast food today, is called a thermopolium, literally ‘places where hot drinks are sold’. At least 80 of these fast food outlets have been found in Pompeii so far, but this site was the first to be excavated intact.

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Here’s how ancient Romans enjoyed fast food.