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Excavation

  • Insula IX.3 di Marco Lucrezio
  • Pompei
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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)

    • The work in the Casa di Marco Lucrezio continued with check-ups of the archaeological data as well as with documentation of wall paintings. Buildings archaeology was conducted in house IX 3,25 west of the large domus and excavations were carried out in two places in the narrow street north of the city block. The eastern trench was located near the junction of houses 24 and 25 and the western one close to the northwestern corner of the city block. The eastern trench revealed several consecutive street layers particularly in the sidewalk as well as a large and late waste pit extending partially under the Central Bath north of the street. The lowermost deposits of the sidewalk revealed a foundation trench of the travertine ashlar façade of house 24 and the finds date the building to the late 3rd– early 2nd century BC. The western trench revealed several waster pits topped by several street layers. In addition, a masonry reservoir, possibly a water cistern or a cess pit, was discovered continuing under the sidewalk.

      House IX 3,25 is a small row house with travertine framework walls in the façade and eastern parts and mostly trachyte rubble work walls otherwise. Cleaning of the floor surfaces revealed an earlier plaster floor ca. 20 cm below the last phase floor as well as a completely demolished room in the western part of the house between the current atrium and possible garden area. A small trench was placed in the southwestern corner of the atrium and this revealed a clay and stone wall decorated with painted wall plaster, but almost completely razed. This was the northwestern corner of the demolished room. The trench revealed also that the western wall of the atrium was built over a water channel or a gutter indicating changes in the room arrangements between houses 25 and IX 3,1–2. In other parts of the house, a small toilet was found in the southeastern corner and it was probably the only roofed area in the southern part of the house. A waste pit was discovered north of the toilet, but this was not excavated.

    • Eeva-Maria Viitanen - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum 

    Director

    • Paavo Castrén - Università di Helsinki

    Team

    • Antero Tammisto
    • Gianluca De Martino
    • Heini Ynnilä - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
    • Kai Juntunen
    • Kirsi Murros - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
    • Laura Nissinen - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
    • Lotta Laiho-Oliviero
    • Otso Manninen
    • Sanna Aho - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
    • Ilkka Kuivalainen - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
    • Nina Heiska
    • Ria Berg
    • Ale Torkkel
    • Pasi Kaarto
    • Matti Mustonen
    • Ulla Knuutinen
    • Maija Holappa - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum

    Research Body

    • EVTEK University of Applied Sciences/Institute of Art and Design
    • University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum

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