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Excavation

  • Regio VIII.7.1-15
  • Pompei
  • Pompeii
  • Italy
  • Campania
  • Naples
  • Pompei

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Credits

  • 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)

  • This final season of excavations has shed some necessary light on the development of insula I.1, particularly with regard to the rear portions of each of the four properties. The first of the structural activities occurred in the 6th century BCE with the construction of at least a single building at the south end of the insula, beneath the front room (Room 6) of the property at I.1.2; as so often for these earliest constructions, all that remains are some sections of foundations in pappamonte. An associated surface (a potential wheel-rut indicates a road) was formed upon the compacted, redeposited Mercato ash that had helped to level the undulating topography. Few other activities can be recognized until the 4th century BCE, when significant fill layers were deposited – especially in the central area of insula I.1 – to terrace the landscape (once more). Once into the 3rd century BCE, the most significant and identifiable activity is seen in the pottery production facility at the south end of insula I.1. Otherwise, it is not until the 2nd century BCE that we see wholesale structural and spatial developments across the entire neighbourhood. To this period can be attributed a series of properties whose street-frontages were typically given over to cottage-scale industries, notably fish-salting. Important public infrastructure is another hallmark of this period: the construction of a large public well, for example, and the paving (and draining) of the via Stabiana. The next major change came in the Augustan period, when the production activities were mostly abandoned, a pattern also well known in our excavations at VIII.7, with retailing activities dominating at least the frontages of these properties until their final destruction in 79 CE.

  • Steven J.R. Ellis - University of Cincinnati 

Director

  • Steven J.R. Ellis - University of Cincinnati

Team

  • Allison L.C. Emmerson - Indiana University
  • Kevin Dicus - Case Western Reserve University

Research Body

  • University of Cincinnati

Funding Body

  • Semple Fund of the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati

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