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This is a Roman mosaic with the Latin words "cave canem" which translates to "Beware of the dog". The mosaic was found in the remains of a house known as "The house of the tragic poet".

This is a Roman mosaic with the Latin words "cave canem" which translates to "Beware of the dog".  The mosaic was found in the remains of a house known as "The house of the tragic poet". 1

These are the charred remains of a loaf of bread - nearly 2000 years old (as are all the Pompeii remains)! One of the reasons Pompeii is such an important site is because of how much food has been preserved. On most archaeological sites, food remains would have long since decayed.

These are the charred remains of a loaf of bread - nearly 2000 years old (as are all the Pompeii remains)!  One of the reasons Pompeii is such an important site is because of how much food has been preserved.  On most archaeological sites, food remains would have long since decayed.   1

A gold ring and brooches made of a precious stone called carnelian. The one on the far right has an image of the Roman god Mercury - the god of commerce.

A gold ring and brooches made of a precious stone called carnelian.  The one on the far right has an image of the Roman god Mercury - the god of commerce. 1

This is a child's cradle. What is interesting is that it is now completely converted to charcoal which means it is very fragile and hardly ever displayed.

This is a child's cradle.  What is interesting is that it is now completely converted to charcoal which means it is very fragile and hardly ever displayed. 1

This was a Roman bakery. The arched construction in the background is an oven. The unusual features in the middle of the picture are large quern stones that would have be used to grind grain. A large beam of wood would have been attached where you can now see a square hole. This would have been pushed by slaves or even mules to rotate the stone.

This was a Roman bakery.  The arched construction in the background is an oven.  The unusual features in the middle of the picture are large quern stones that would have be used to grind grain.  A large beam of wood would have been attached where you can now see a square hole.  This would have been pushed by slaves or even mules to rotate the stone. 1

This was a tricky one. It actually shows a hypercaust system (central heating). What looks like a table or a bar is actually a raised floor surface which rests on each of the brick columns you can see in the picture. This would create a large space under the tiled floor which would have been filled with hot air from a fire at one end. It would have heated the tiles so that they were warm to walk on. How luxurious would that have been!

This was a tricky one.  It actually shows a hypercaust system (central heating).  What looks like a table or a bar is actually a raised floor surface which rests on each of the brick columns you can see in the picture.  This would create a large space under the tiled floor which would have been filled with hot air from a fire at one end.  It would have heated the tiles so that they were warm to walk on.  How luxurious would that have been!   1
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