The audience at Rome’s Colosseum might have nibbled on nuts, olives and fruit during shows, archeologists have discovered.
Seeds from peaches, figs, grapes, blackberries, and cherries have been found at the ancient amphitheater.
The dig also unearthed the bones of bears and big cats that might have participated in fights or hunting games.
The finds were made during excavations in the 2000-year-old arena’s sewers.
What did ancient Roman spectators eat?
Researchers have uncovered morsels of fruits like grapes and cherries as well as whole walnuts.
The discoveries at the Colosseum give an insight into the “experience and habits of those who came to this place during the long days dedicated to the performances,” said Alfonsina Russo, Director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park.
Archeologists also unearthed the bones of lions and bears believed to have been left after fights with each other or gladiators.
There were also smaller animal bones from dogs amongst the finds. These may have been used as prey during hunting games.
What else have archeologists discovered at the Colosseum?
The discovery is part of excavations that began in January 2021. Researchers have been clearing roughly 70 meters of sewers and drains beneath the ancient area.
Specialist architects and archeologists employed wire-guided robots to tunnel inside the Colosseum’s complex waste system.
Researchers said the study has revealed new information about the daily lives of Romans as well as the construction of ancient hydraulic systems.
Archeologists also unearthed ancient coins during excavations. The horde included 50 bronze coins dating from the late Roman period and a silver coin from around 170-171 AD commemorating 10 years of Emperor Marcus Aurelius’ rule.