Condition Assessment - Regio I, Insula 9I-9 M 280

The photomosaic image below shows the condition of Regio I, Insula 9 at the time it was photographed in 2005.  The city block is 33.83 meters in length.  The facade was excavated in 1912-1913 and it was further explored in 1932,1951 and 1952.  There are six entrances: three houses, two shops and a food and drink establishment.  The exterior walls of the western third of the block (on right) were constructed in opus incertum (stone rubble embedded in concrete) with opus vittatum mixtum (a combination of brick and stone blocks) piers.  The rest of the facade was made of opus incertum with one opus vittatum mixtum pier, and the balance of the piers from ashlar blocks.

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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 9 after it was excavated in 1912-1913.  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.]

i-9 ca 1 dThis 1914 photograph shows Insula I, 9 soon after its excavation.  As can be seen in the photomosaic image on the right, almost all of the exterior wall paster shown in the photo has since perished.

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