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EXCAVATIONS OF INSULA V 1
2006 V 1,14-16 atrium
Excavation in atrium (b) in 2006.

During the documentation of V 1,14-16 (Bakery) , the chronology of the arrangements of the atrium (b) was put in focus. The impluvium is dated to the mid 2nd century (Fadda 1976), though the rough cocciopesto floor raised questions about the date of the installation of the impluvium in this room.

The floor in the atrium is almost completely destroyed. The coating of cocciopesto is very thin, at several locations less than 1 cm. No floor is found in close connection with the impluvium stones, and we cannot say whether the floor was cut up for the installation of the impluvium, or if the floor is contemporary with the impluvium. Considering the quality of the original mosaic decorated cocciopesto floor, and the rough paving of the impluvium, an installation of the impluvium in an existing floor seems most probable.

A trench was dug by the NW corner of the impluvium where the cocciopesto floor of the atrium was completely destroyed. Under the impluvium, the bedding for the cocciopesto floor was visible extending some 0.2 m under the stones of the impluvium. No indications for an earlier foundation for the impluvium were found. At this location, the cocciopesto floor is the original floor of the impluvium.

Plaster samples incorporated in the bedding of the floor under the stones were of the same type as the first decorational phase of the walls of the atrium, indicating that the floor and impluvium was made later than the floor, at a period when fallen, or removed, plaster from the wall as available of reusing in the bedding of the cocciopesto floor of the impluvium. The assumption that the floor of the impluvium was the remains of a rearrangement of the room seemed most likely.

The excavation was carried out to a depth of c. 1.5 m, and only faint traces of activity was found: Small pottery sherds, heavily worn, a large jaw of cattle with prominent cuttings along the lower edge. The findings are consistent with traces from some kind of agricultural activity.

Henrik Boman



Photo/drawing:
Excavation of atrium.

Photo/drawing: Henrik Boman
Excavation under impluvium, with the plaster fragments used in the foundation.

Photo/drawing: Henrik Boman
The conduit leading water from the impluvium out to the street.

Photo/drawing: Henrik Boman
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