|Large clay pots built into countertops. stored liquids.|
RESTAURANTS - Take out was popular in Pompeii. It was fascinating to see how well-preserved some of the shops were (the ones who didn't suffer roof collapse). There were usually three or so cisterns in a large countertop, that held liquids from wines to soups to oils.
Because the shops were either below or in front of houses of the owners, other things not found in the shop could be prepared in the houses and sold in the shops.
WHAT KIND OF STORES? - Products like wine, oil, fish, meat, soups, vegetables, eggs, and bread were all sold.
|A Pompeiian Oven|
BAKERIES - 35 Bakeries were found in the city of Pompeii once excavated. According to pompeiin.com, the ovens were made of bricks
|Roman bread encased in ash|
It's fascinating to know that loaves of bread were actually found intact as hardened ash in the bakeries. In one bakery, 85 loaves were found left in an oven at the time of the eruption showing the demand for shop brought bread was high. For more information about the Pompeii bakeries, visit: http://www.ancienthistoryarchaeology.com/pompeian-bakeries
|Watering stations to collect water|
In addition to the shops, streets were also full of watering stations.
WATERING STATIONS - Throughout the entire city were rectangular stone basins that provided water for the public.These often had pictures of gods or animals on them.
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