Condition Assessment - Regio I, Insula 8 I-8 M 280

The photomosaic image below shows the condition of Regio I, Insula 8 at the time it was photographed in 2005.  The city block is 32.99 meters in length.  The facade was excavated in 1912 and it was was further explored in 1926, 1936, 1938 and 1939.  There are eight entrances: two houses, four shops, a bakery and an inn or tavern.  The exterior walls of the block were constructed in opus incertum (stone rubble embedded in concrete) with ashlar, opus testaceum (fired brick) and opus vittatum mixtum (a combination of brick and stone blocks) piers.  One pier wall was built entirely in opus testaceum.

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This elevation drawing of the city block was created by Alberto Sanarica for Vittorio Spinazzola and shows the condition of Regio I, Insula 8 after it was excavated in 1912.  The dark shaded areas of the drawing represent the portions actually excavated, the lighter shaded areas represent restorations and the single lines are hypothetical additions.

[From Pompei alla luce degli scavi nuovi di Via dell'Abbondanza (anni 1910-1923) by Vittorio Spinazzola.  Permission to display this image has been granted as a courtesy by the publisher, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome.  This image may NOT be copied or reproduced in any manner without the permission of the publisher.]

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The left side of this 1912 excavation photograph shows the two westernmost entrances of Insula I, 8 before restoration construction.


i-8 ca 2 dThe design on the front of the serving counter can be seen both in the 1912 photograph and 2005 photomosaic, but most of the plaster decoration on each side of the doorway has now disappeared.

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 The structure was damaged by the earthquake of 1981.


[Permission to display the three black and white photographs above has been granted by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività  Culturali – Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei.  These images may NOT be copied or reproduced in any manner.]