The Oplontis Project 2012-13: A Report of Excavations at Oplontis B

Thomas, Michael L . and van der Graaff , Ivo and Wilkinson, Paul (2014) The Oplontis Project 2012-13: A Report of Excavations at Oplontis B. FOLD&R FastiOnLine documents & research (295). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1828-3179

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The Oplontis Project has been studying Oplontis B since the summer of 2012. As with its work in Villa A, the study of Villa B includes excavation below the 79 CE levels. During the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, the project excavated a total of 8 trenches. These focused on the central courtyard, a sewer system in the SW corner of the central courtyard (OPB3 and 8), rooms to the west of the courtyard (OPB4), a street and town houses to north of the courtyard building (OPB5 and 7), and the portico on the south side of that building (OPB6). The 2012 and 2013 campaigns revealed some significant information hidden below the 79 CE levels at Oplontis B. Excavation documented at least three distinct pavement levels in the courtyard area, and the addition of a drainage system. At the north side of the site, these campaigns also identified a reconfiguration of the ground-floor rooms and a repaving of the street. Although the pending study of the material culture associated with Oplontis B should provide a more precise chronological narrative, these initial results suggest that the complex was part of a wider settlement built before the construction of neighboring Villa A.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 900 Storia, Geografia e discipline ausiliarie > 930 Storia dei mondo antico fino al 499 ca.
Depositing User: Dott.ssa Helga Di Giuseppe
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 11:26
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2014 08:37

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