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  • Insula IX.3 di Marco Lucrezio
  • Pompei
  • Italy
  • Campania
  • Naples
  • Pompei



  • 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)

  • After a two-year break, field work was continued in city block IX 3. The work concentrated on buildings archaeological analysis and documentation of the visible structures and no excavation was carried out apart from cleaning floor levels of modern soil layers. The work concentrated on House IX 3,1–2 in the northwestern corner of the city block. The house features three building phases: the oldest ones found only in the northeastern corner in travertine framework and major part of the walls consisting of trachyte/travertine rubble work. Travertine ashlars have been used as door posts and piers in these areas. The last walls in the peristyle area and in the west façade consist of rubble work of reused materials as well as brick and block work in piers and pilasters. The house features First and Third Style paintings as well as Second Style mosaic floors. In the last phases of Pompeii, the front of the house was turned into a workshop by adding heated vats into the atrium. In addition, one of the rooms in the western front range was turned into a shop.

    The new work was able to confirm and clarify many features seen and poorly reported in earlier research particularly in the peristyle area the service quarters in the southeastern part of the house. The most interesting new observations concern changes in the floor levels, which were noted in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the house. In the north, the floor level had been lowered for ca. 80 cm and in the south it had been raised for slightly more. The reason for the lowering was probably to make an easier entrance to a probable dining room with a biclinium created maybe during the 1st century BC from the peristyle area. The reason for the higher floor was the need to create two reservoirs under the floor: one to collect rainwater from the peristyle area and the other to service the toilet.

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


  • Antero Tammisto


  • Eeva Vakkari
  • Gianluca De Martino
  • Heini Ynnilä - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
  • Kirsi Murros - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
  • Laura Nissinen - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
  • Sanna Aho - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
  • Ilkka Kuivalainen - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum
  • Ria Berg
  • Tiina Tuukkanen
  • Maija Holappa - University of Helsinki/Institutum Classicum

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