The research undertaken in 2010 aimed to acquire further knowledge of the urban plan and private construction. The work concentrated on a number of roads and a large domus situated along a road branching off from the main east-west road, below the acropolis minor. Priority was given to structures just below present ground level with a view to undertaking interventions that would be of immediate importance and interest for the creation of the Archaeological Park and for the site’s exploitation.
The roads, lying just below the humus, were well-preserved and paved with limestone basoli of various forms and sizes. They were bordered by sidewalks paved either with small basoli or large limestone slabs. Heavy subsidence indicated the presence of sewers below ground. The roads were delimited by polygonal terracing walls and the opus incertum walls of the buildings facing onto them.
The domus had a double entrance on the street. In the interior it had an atrium, on the right side of which two doors led into a peristyle. The cubila and alae were arranged around the atrium and peristyle, as was typical of the late Republican Roman domus.
In the late Republican period the domus was divided into two separate properties when the doors between the atrium and peristyle were blocked. The domus which used the sector originally organised around the atrium showed signs of having a productive function. The structures of the domus, as far as preserved, were in limestone opus incertum, faced with white plaster. The floors were beaten limestone, opus signinum or tile chips. All thresholds were single limestone blocks. The pools in the atrium and peristyle were made from large slabs of moulded limestone, on which rested a border cornice of broken tiles. The pottery (very little apart from fragments of large containers, mostly dolia) and the construction techniques suggest that the occupation of the complex came to an end with the town’s dramatic destruction in 81 B.C.
- Stefania Quilici Gigli - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Stefania Quilici Gigli - II Università degli Studi di Napoli, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
- Paola Carfora - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Stefania Ferrante - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Rosa Vitale - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Facoltà di Conservazione dei Beni Culturali
- Comune di Norma
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