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Pompeii Street View. Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, between V.2 and V.3.

Excavation taking place 2018.

 

Looking east to junction with unnamed vicolo on north side of Via di Nola, between V.2. and V.3. Taken from near IX.5.12. May 2010.

Looking east to junction with Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) on north side of Via di Nola.  

May 2010. Taken from near IX.5.12.

 

Unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3. Looking north from Via di Nola. May 2005.

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. May 2005.

Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

Unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3.  Looking north from Via di Nola. March 2009.

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. March 2009. Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

In June 2018.

 

This previously unnamed vicolo became known as Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi because during excavations a number of houses with balconies intact were found on the east side in V.3.

A wall was found with a terracotta plaque in the form of a phallus under which was an electoral inscription.

 

In the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento electoral inscriptions were found.

 

On the East wall in black is the inscription:

Helvium Sabinum

aedilem d(ignum) r(ei) p(ublicae)

v(irum) b(onum) o(ro) v(os)

f(aciatis)

 

Electoral inscription on the south wall.

L(ucium) Albucium aed(ilem).

The Albucii were probably the owners of the House of the Silver Wedding.

The inscriptions were made on a layer of white paint, perhaps done to cover previous inscriptions and in any case to ensure a clear writing surface for the preserved inscriptions, which refer to the last electoral campaign of Pompeii before 79AD.

 

From the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento it is now possible to look west along the newly excavated part of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento past V.2.i. 

 

Just past the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento is a new entrance V.7.8 with the impression of doors clearly seen in the ash.

 

At the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-east corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento the headless skeleton of a male victim was found.

From the first observations, the individual who survived the early stages of the volcanic eruption, ventured in search of escape along the vicolo now filled by a thick blanket of lapilli.

The body was in fact found at the height of the first floor of the adjacent building, above the lapilli layer.

He was originally thought to have been killed by the stone block.

The skull of this man was found later at a lower level than the rest of his body, having been displaced by the collapse of a Bourbon tunnel below.

The skull itself suggests that he was not, as first thought, crushed to death by the block but rather asphyxiated during the pyroclastic flow that threw him backwards.

The individual clutched at least 20 silver coins and 2 in Bronze, contained in a small purse.

Between the ribs of the chest 3 coins were in fact first found, and after removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratorio di ricerche applicate del Parco archeologico di Pompei, for the further investigations, the rest of the precious finds were uncovered.

 

At first examination of the money found with skeleton of victim there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses for a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half.

Such a quantity of coins could at that time ensure the maintenance of a three-person family for 14, 16 days.

The coins have very varied chronology.

It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the main part Republican, starting from the Mid-second century B.C.

One of the later Republican coins is a legionary denarius of Mark Antony, a common in Pompeii, with the indication of the XXI Legion.

Among the few Imperial coins identified, a probable denarius of Octavian and two denarii of Vespasian.

 

Vicolo del Centenario. Looking north towards Via di Nola and the unnamed vicolo on the opposite side of the road . May 2005.

Vicolo del Centenario. May 2005.

Looking north towards Via di Nola and the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously an unnamed vicolo) on the opposite side of the Via di Nola.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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