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  • Casa dei Gladiatori (V 5, 3)
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      AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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    Summary (English)

    • In September 2005 recording and excavation continued in the House of the Gladiators (V 5, 3). The 2004 campaign had checked the results of Maiuri’s 1947 excavations and brought to light the remains of an important structure of large pappamonte stone blocks dating to the archaic period. This structure had only been identified and outlined by Maiuri, who had exposed its upper surface without deepening the excavation. This year’s excavations aimed to define the extension and, above all, the plan of the room paved in opus signinum and at the same time check the possible continuation of the archaic pappamonte structure underlying the floor itself.

      The results of this campaign further clarified the events relating to the building history of this part of Insula 5 in Regio V. Firstly, it was seen that the pappamonte structure did not continue beyond the extension of the opus signinum floor of the Hellenistic house, although it must be stated that to the west of the floor the archaic layers had been totally removed during the construction of the late Hellenistic and then Roman house, that is the present House of the Gladiators. In subsequent campaigns it is hoped to clarify the relationship between this structure and the stretch of pappamonte wall discovered in the garden area by the 1947 excavations. In fact, Maiuri had a trench dug that was aligned with the garden’s longitudinal axis which brought to light a short stretch of a pappamonte structure. The latter consisted of two blocks placed side by side along the west side of the trench and resting directly on natural (Archivio SAP, A VII 20, Diary of clearance and restoration undertaken in relation to “war damage”. Year 1947, in particular the document: “Excavations undertaken for study purposes in the area of the town from the 1st-31st July 1947”). The structure was at a right angle to that found in trench 1 (2004) and on the same axis as the entrance to the garden from the south portico. Therefore, the presence of a building with a complex plan is prefigured, of which even a general outline is difficult to reconstruct for the moment.


    • Domenico Esposito - Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”


    • Angelica M. Peña Acosta - Università di Oxford
    • Catello Imperatore - Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera
    • Pia Kastenmeier - Università di Augsburg
    • Raffaele Donnarumma - Università “Suor Orsola Benincasa”

    Research Body

    • Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”

    Funding Body

    • Privato


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