In 2011, excavations continued in the urban area; in particular on the road running south-south west/north-north east, and the houses that were part of an interesting residential sector facing on to it on the east side.
In previous years, excavations in the same sector had uncovered part of two domus with adjacent entrances on the road. Given that the houses communicated via two large doors, which linked the atrium of the second building to rooms of the first, they must originally have been a single property. Continuing on the north side of the road, the excavation uncovered another entrance to a third domus, adjacent to the others and linked to the central one by a staircase. This third house was also accessed directly from the street. The entrance led to an atrium with impluvium, which, off-centre with respect to the entrance, had a pool faced with large moulded tufa slabs.
The rooms and the alae were arranged around the central area; the reception rooms and the kitchen were situated to the rear. The floors were either simple cement or with geometric decorations in the reception rooms and the cubicula, and of beaten earth in the service rooms. The plaster was mainly white and only very slight traces survived on the walls of the eastern sector. The walls were built in opus incertum with limestone chippings, in earth or with a socle of limestone blocks and standing structure in clay. The materials recovered during the excavation (study ongoing) mainly appeared to be part of large containers, amphora and coarse ware pottery.
On the terrace uphill from the residential zone, the extension of the excavation area led to the discovery of a road on a north-south alignment, which starting from the entry plateau, met the decumanus at the height of the previously excavated domus situated below the small acropolis. The road, paved with limestone basoli, had a narrow sidewalk abutting a polygonal containing wall on the southwest side. The opposite side, which sloped slightly towards the road, was completely paved with limestone basoli.
The excavation of the main road continued which from the Porta Serrone di Bove, runs in a straight line across the town as far as the staircase leading up to the small acropolis. In particular, the area in front of the baths characterised by a monumental crossroads was examined. The two roads at right angles, orientated north-south were of great visual impact. The road descending towards the south sector of the town, paved with limestone basoli, had a well-preserved sidewalk on both sides and the road surface itself showed a deep hollow caused by the collapse of the sewer below.
The road ascending towards the baths plateau only had a sidewalk on its west side, paved in opus signinum. It was bordered on both sides by containing walls built of small limestone blocks of which only a few courses remain. The basalt paving of the road was rather uneven and characterised by a hollow caused by the collapse of a sewer below.
- Stefania Quilici Gigli - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Paola Carfora - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Rosa Vitale - Seconda Università di Napoli
- Sabrina Mataluna - Seconda Università degli studi di Napoli
- Irene Ullucci
- Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Facoltà di Conservazione dei Beni Culturali
- Comune di Norma
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