The archaeological campaign in 2016 involved an area with a total extension of 464 sq m, bordering on the area of the Domus del Labirinto to the North (excavations in 2001-2006) and on the area of the Domus del Kantharos to the East (excavations in 2008-2009).
We found four floors with different characteristics and functions.
In the northern part we identified the western portion of a concrete floor oriented NW-SE (3.26×1.68 m). Despite its bad preservation because of the prolonged exposure to the elements after the abandonment, it is possible to recognize in some parts its original decoration. Above a lower layer of brick and ceramic fragments the higher layer is composed of white lithic tesserae combined in a regular texture (?) and inserted in a mixture of white mortar and red brick fragments. To the South of the floor is the base of a pillar, while to the West is one of the perimeter walls of the floor (1.45×0.43 m) with a foundation made up of three courses of brick fragments.
A compact level composed of gravel and small brick fragments was brought to light in the central part, with irregular margins and therefore without shape and orientation. The composition, the thickness and the use of fine gravel suggest the hypothesis that it could be an outdoor flooring, probably a courtyard.
If these two floors could belong to the latest phase of occupation of the area and in a very preliminary way dated to the 2nd – 3rd centuries AD, the other two identified floors are coeval to the surrounding houses and dated back to the 1st century AD.
The south-western extension of a concrete floor found in 2003 excavation of the Domus del Labirinto was identified in the NW corner and also the prolongation of the southern wall trench.
A concrete floor was brought to light in the southern part, with a surface made up of black lithic tesserae combined in a regular texture and inserted in a mixture of white mortar and dark red brick fragments.
In the research area we found several irregular pits filled with rubble. A pit, in particular, was of great interest. It was located at the eastern edge of the excavation area, it was pseudo-rectangular (6.62×2.42 m) and it was filled with rubble resulting from the destruction of surrounding structures (domus?). Among the discovered finds we found very particular objects made of bronze and iron, perhaps elements (locks?) belonging to furniture.
The research carried out in 2016 has confirmed the residential use of this part of the vicus, in continuity with the nearby Domus del Labirinto and Domus del Kantharos, an area characterized by the presence of houses alternating with open areas such as gardens or courtyards.
- Lilia Palmieri - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Maria Teresa Grassi - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Anna Bernardoni - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Federica Grossi - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Francesca Venturino - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Stefano Nava - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Daniele Bursich - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Riccardo Giovanelli - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Margherita Cetti - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Miriam Romagnolo - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Antonino Crisà - Università di Leicester
- Luca Restelli - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Università degli Studi di Milano
- Comune di Calvatone
- Regione Lombardia
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