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EXCAVATIONS OF INSULA V 1
2006 V 1,23 d’
V 1,23 d’ 2006

A trial-trench measuring 1.00 by 3.00 m was excavated in the narrow corridor d’, between the tablinum of the North house, V 1,23e, and the ala e in the South house V 1,26. The aim was to acquire more information about the fusion of the two houses: what happened here when the two houses, V 1,23 and V 1,26 were united? We found out that the wall between the two houses was covered with a support-coating of plaster below the doorway into the ala e of the South house. At the floor-level of the doorway, remains of the earlier wall-plaster were found on the south wall of the corridor d’, where the entrance had been cut through an earlier coating; the wall plaster can be placed among the plasters of the early second style in the relative chronology within our insula. Furthermore, in the centre of the trench, ca 20 cm below the level of the doorway, we found remains of a cocciopesto floor, which continued in under the east wall of the corridor. This floor had been destroyed during the rebuilding of the corridor, when the doorway to the South house was built. Moreover, in 2002, when the floor of room f, located east of the corridor d’, was cleaned, remains of an earlier wall, running north-south, were revealed in the cocciopesto floor. We suggest, therefore, that there were once two equally large rooms that were later rebuilt to form the somewhat larger room f to the east and the narrow corridor d’ to the west, providing the passage from the atrium of the North house into the ala e of the South house.

The west wall of the corridor also gave some new information. The lower part of the wall was built with spolia, bricks, reused stones and rubble. It was founded on a pre-existing wall. In its northern part, at the depth of 75-85 cm there where remains of wall-plaster on a limestone block, that is estimated to be of an earlier date than any other in the house-complex, that is, earlier than first-style decorations of our insula. Further to the north, a pit filled with lapilli and ashes continued under the floor level of the tablinum of V 1,23e.

A. Karivieri & R. Forsell

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