Spectators at Rome’s ancient gladiator arena, the Colosseum, may have enjoyed snacks of olives, fruit and nuts, archaeologists have found, the BBC reports.
Food fragments of figs, grapes, cherries, blackberries, walnuts and more have been unearthed at the site.
Archaeologists also found the bones of bears and big cats that were probably used in the arena’s hunting games.
The discoveries were made by archaeologists examining the 2,000-year-old landmark’s sewers.
Relics like these provide a snapshot 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.
Researchers say bones from bears, lions and jaguars were probably left by animals that were forced to fight each other and gladiators for entertainment. Smaller animal bones belonging to dogs were also found.
The Colosseum was the biggest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire, falling into disuse around 523 AD. It was famous for hosting gladiatorial fights and other public spectacles in front of crowds of tens of thousands.