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Excavation

  • Via Sepolcri
  • Torre Annunziata
  • Oplontis
  • Italy
  • Campania
  • Naples
  • Torre Annunziata

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  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • In 2007, we expanded one of these restoration trenches and designated it as OP3. This trench, located at the SW corner of the swimming pool, produced further ceramic evidence as well as numerous fragments of the same cocciopesto pavement found in the swimming pool. Excavation here also discovered a significant deposit of demolished wall painting, architectural stuccos, and a segment of a brick column.

    One of the more remarkable finds from OP3 was fragment of a Third-Style painted frieze that we know came from room 8. On the basis of visual analysis, John Clarke had noted in his earlier study (Clarke, 1987) that the existing painted decoration of room 8 consists of an original phase decorated in the Third Style of 1-15 CE on the north and south walls with a careful imitation of the Third-Style scheme on the east and west walls. The fragment from OP3 was indeed a piece of that demolished Third-Style wall decorative scheme. Despite the fact that room 8 is 100 meters from our trench and the fragment emerged at the depth of 1.5 m, it is clear now that workmen filled this area to the south of the pool with the plaster from walls dating back as far as 1-15 CE.

    In 2007 we also excavated a small (1×1 meter) trench inside the southern wall of the pool (OP4) in order to study the pool’s pavement and sub-pavement. Interestingly, this trench found a Fourth-Style painting fragment below the pavement of the pool\‘s south end, suggesting that at the very least the pool was repaved after 45 CE.

  • Michael L. Thomas - University of Texas at Austin 
  • John R. Clarke - University of Texas at Austin 

Director

  • John R. Clarke - University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael L. Thomas - University of Texas at Austin

Team

  • Paul Wilkinson - Swale and Thames, UK
  • Regina Gee - Montana State University
  • Jess Galloway - Principal, Booziotis & Company Architects
  • Ivo van der Graaff - University of Texas at Austin
  • Lauren Jackson - University of Texas at Austin
  • Lea Cline - University of Texas at Austin
  • Paul Bardagjy
  • Alvaro Ibarra - John Hopkins University

Research Body

  • The University of Texas at Austin

Funding Body

  • The National Endowment of the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant
  • The University of Texas at Austin

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