In the 2014 fieldwork two large trenches were opened (total extension: 560 sq m) in an area that had never been investigated before.
In the Settore Sud 2014, to the west of the area of the Domus del Kantharos investigated in 2008, it has been proved that the residential quarter extends westward. There, two incomplete plaster floors in bad state of preservation were uncovered. These floors were aligned with the already known mosaic floor bearing a kantharos and dated to the first imperial age.
In the eastern part of Settore Nord 2014, which is situated immediately to the west of the limit of the 2002 trench in the area of the Domus del Labirinto, we have continued the investigation of the open area with a storage and productive function close to Ambiente C. This remained in use intensively until the second half of the 3rd century AD. It is probably part of a building located further west that was only partially brought to light but whose exceptional nature had been clearly evident since the beginning of the fieldwork.
Indeed, close to the northern limit of the excavated area and roughly aligned with Ambiente C a fragment of a polychrome mosaic was uncovered. This was part of the floor of a large room orientated NE/SW.
The mosaic seems to belong to the renovation of a concrete floor which experienced sinking already in antiquity. Because of this, part of the floor had been spared by the damage of agricultural activities, while the remaining part, that was higher in elevation, had been destroyed.
In the preserved mosaic fragment, which has a white background, it is possible to recognise the corner of a polychrome decoration with two concentric borders (one is a band of simple guilloche with black, white, pink, violet and yellow tesserae, the other is a Greek fret with pink and yellow tesserae ). These border a triangular/arch-shaped frame inside of which is an incomplete figurative decoration (possibly a small bird).
The presence of an extensive band of white tesserae outside these borders, would suggests that the polychrome decoration was the central part of a mosaic covering the whole room.
A preliminary middle Imperial age dating (2nd-3rd c. AD) for this mosaic can be conjectured.
- Gioia Zenoni - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Maria Teresa Grassi - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Anna Bernardoni - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Emanuele Ettore Intagliata - Università di Edimburgo
- Francesca Venturino - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Luca Restelli - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Margherita Cetti - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Riccardo Giovanelli - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Giorgio Rossi - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Lilia Palmieri - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Miriam Romagnolo - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Antonino Crisà - Università di Leicester
- David Seveso - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Daniele Bursich - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Federica Grossi - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Stefano Nava - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Università degli Studi di Milano
- Comune di Calvatone
- Regione Lombardia
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