Pompeii dig uncovers secrets from unearthed fast-food restaurant


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A segment of a counter was partially dug up during work to shore up Pompeii's oft-crumbling ruins

Since then, archeologists have revealed a multi-sided counter, with wide holes inserted into its top, which purportedly held deep vessels for hot foods. The counter boasts an image of an undersea nymph astride a horse. Images of two upside-down mallards and a rooster also brightened the eatery and likely served to advertise the menu.

Valeria Amoretti, a Pompeii staff anthropologist, said in a statement that initial analyses show how the images painted could represent the foods and beverages sold inside.