The excavations in via dei Sepolcri 29 formed the second stage of the project entitled “The organization, management and transformation of a suburban zone: The area of the Porta Ercolano opf Pompeii, between funerary space and commercial space”, directed by Laëtitia Cavassa (Centre Jean Bérard, USR 3133, CNRS-EFR), Nicolas Laubry (Université Paris-Est Créteil/CRHEC) and Nicolas Monteix (Université de Rouen).
The 2013 campaign concentrated on the excavation of the levels pre-dating the final 79 A.D. phase of the workshop.
This season’s aims were to document the chronology of the workshop and the kiln’s construction, and to gain an understanding of the relationship between the workshop and the via superior, situated at a lower level.
A trench was opened outside the workshop in order to gain an understanding of any relationships existing between the shop, the portico that preceded the series of shops in this area and the road. The trench showed that the portico was certainly built at the same time as the shop as part of the same building programme.
In the first room inside the workshop, a number of pits were excavated in the layers underlying the last 79 A.D. level. The fills contained a large quantity of badly misshapen over-fired pottery, evidence of onsite production. All fragments were from thin walled ware vases. Their typology showed that pottery was produced here from at least the Tiberian period until 79 A.D. Although there was no dating evidence for the construction of the kiln itself, these kiln wasters provided the dating for the period in which it was functioning.
There were also several pits whose fill contained a large amount of archaeological material in the second room.
The excavated trenches provided a better insight into the history of this structure, from the first occupation traces dating to the 2nd century B.C. until the eruption of Vesuvius.
- Laëtitia Cavassa - Centre Jean Bérard, USR3133 CNRS – Ecole Française de Rome
- Bastien Lemaire - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
- Giovanni Festa- Università di Salerno, Fisciano
- John-Marc Piffeteau - EPHE, UMR 8210 ANHIMA
- Léo Cagnart- Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
- Guilhem Chapelin- Centre Jean Bérard, USR3133 CNRS - Ecole Française de Rome
- Saverio De Rosa- Università di Studi di Bari
- Aline Lacombe- Direction Archéologie de la Ville d'Aix-en-Provence
- Centre Jean Bérard, USR3133 CNRS - Ecole Française de Rome
- Ministère des Affaires Etrangères français
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