II-1 M 280Condition Assessment - Regio II, Insula 1  (Formerly Regio II, Insula 4)

The photomosaic image below shows the condition of Regio II, Insula 1 at the time it was photographed in 2005.  The city block is 34.43 meters in length.  The facade was excavated in 1915-1916 and was further explored in 1950-1951 and 1985.  There are five entrances: one house, two shops and three food and drink establishments.  The exterior walls of the western end of the block (on right) was constructed in opus incertum (stone rubble embedded in concrete) with ashlar piers, except for one, which was built in opus testaceum (fired brick).  The eastern end was constructed in opus vittatum mixtum (a combination of brick and stone blocks) at the ground level with a small amount of opus reticulatum (net-like patterned small square blocks) above the lintels.

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II-1 960 cas d960 ii-1 289 dThis elevation drawing of the city block was created by Alberto Sanarica for Vittorio Spinazzola and shows the condition of Regio II, Insula 1 after it was excavated in 1915-1916.  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.  Almost all of the wall plaster shown on the drawing has since perished.

[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.]

ii-1 ca 1 dThis 1917 photograph on the left above shows the western end of Insula II, 1 during its excavation.  A large aea of dipenti-decorated wall plaster was protected by a sheet of glass.  As can be seen in the photomosaic image on the right and the elevation drawing above, 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.]