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Pompeii Street View. Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento between V.6, V.7 and V.1, V.2.

West to East.

 

In 2018 the blocked east end of the vicolo was excavated and now joins with the newly excavated Vicolo c.d. Balconi.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking east from crossroads with Via del Vesuvio. September 2004.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. September 2004. Looking east from crossroads with Via del Vesuvio.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking east from crossroads along north wall of V.I.13. December 2006.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. December 2006. Looking east from crossroads along north wall of V.I.13.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking east from Via del Vesuvio. May 2005.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. May 2005. Looking east from Via del Vesuvio.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. South wall of V.6. Looking east from Via del Vesuvio. December 2006.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. December 2006. South wall of V.6. Looking east from Via del Vesuvio.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking west from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo. December 2005.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. December 2005. Looking west from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking west from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.March 2009.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. March 2009. Looking west from crossroads with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo. 

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking west past blocked road on right.  May 2006.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. May 2006. Looking west past blocked road on right. 

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. May 2005. Looking north at blocked (partly unexcavated) road. 
In 2018 excavation started here and the cleared road is being referred to as a continuation of Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.
The initial part of the continuation of Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo was investigated between V.6 and V.7 to the North, after the intersection with the vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento.
Well visible, in section, is the height of the pumice layer that covered the city in the first phase of the eruption. 
At the pavement level of the vicolo, which has no paving stones, is a beaten floor made up of mixed earth with various waste material (animal bones, ceramic fragments, a fishing hook, etc.). 
On the east wall of the vicolo a white painted tabula ansata is partially visible, which was probably destined to host an inscription, perhaps a sign or an electoral inscription.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. May 2005. Looking north at blocked (partly unexcavated) road.

In 2018 excavation started here and the cleared road is being referred to as a continuation of Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.

The initial part of the continuation of Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo was investigated between V.6 and V.7 to the North, after the intersection with the vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento.

Well visible, in section, is the height of the pumice layer that covered the city in the first phase of the eruption.

At the pavement level of the vicolo, which has no paving stones, is a beaten floor made up of mixed earth with various waste material (animal bones, ceramic fragments, a fishing hook, etc.).

On the east wall of the vicolo a white painted tabula ansata is partially visible, which was probably destined to host an inscription, perhaps a sign or an electoral inscription.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking east from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.   May 2005.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. May 2005. Looking east from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. March 2009. Looking towards east end of vicolo from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo.  
In 2018 the blocked east end of the vicolo was excavated and now joins with the newly excavated Vicolo c.d. Balconi.
Note: May 2018. The area on the left may be known as c.d. “Casa degli Amorini”, in future.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. March 2009. Looking towards east end of vicolo from junction with Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo. 

In 2018 the blocked east end of the vicolo was excavated and now joins with the newly excavated Vicolo c.d. Balconi.

Note: May 2018. The area on the left may be known as c.d. “Casa degli Amorini”, in future.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’ Argento. East end. Looking west from end of excavated road. December 2005.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’ Argento. December 2005. East end. Looking west from end of excavated road.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. Looking west from V.2.i. May 2006.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’ Argento. May 2006. Looking west from V.2.i.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. March 2009. Looking east to blocked end of vicolo and V.2.i.  
In 2018 the blocked end of the vicolo was excavated and joined with the newly excavated Vicolo c.d. Balconi.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. March 2009. Looking east to blocked end of vicolo and V.2.i. 

In 2018 the blocked end of the vicolo was excavated and joined with the newly excavated Vicolo c.d. Balconi.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. June 2019. Looking east from Via del Vesuvio. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. June 2019. Looking east from Via del Vesuvio. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento, the east end newly excavated is in the foreground. 2018.
Behind is the green area of the garden of V.2.i and in front is V.7 under excavation.
Vicolo dei Balconi, north end on the left, is running south alongside the garden of V.2.i.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento, the east end newly excavated is in the foreground. 2018.

Behind is the green area of the garden of V.2.i and in front is V.7 under excavation.

Vicolo dei Balconi, north end on the left, is running south alongside the garden of V.2.i.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

2018 excavations

New entrance in Vicolo delle Nozze Argento

 

Vicolo delle Nozze Argento by north-west corner of junction with Vicolo dei Balconi. June 2018. 
in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento just before the Vicolo dei Balconi is a new entrance V.7.8 with the impression of doors clearly seen in the ash. 
To the east of the entrance on the north side of Vicolo delle Nozze Argento is an electoral inscription L ALBVCIVM AED. 
Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.
See V.7.8 page.

Vicolo delle Nozze Argento by north-west corner of junction with Vicolo dei Balconi. June 2018.

in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento just before the Vicolo dei Balconi is a new entrance V.7.8 with the impression of doors clearly seen in the ash.

To the east of the entrance on the north side of Vicolo delle Nozze Argento is an electoral inscription L ALBVCIVM AED.

Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

See V.7.8 page.

Electoral inscriptions

 

In excavations in 2018 in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo dei Balconi, electoral inscriptions were found.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

In excavations in 2018 in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo dei Balconi, electoral inscriptions were found.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. June 2018. Electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo dei Balconi.
From the Vicolo dei Balconi it is now possible to look west along the newly excavated part of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and past V.2.i on the left.  
On the north-west corner of junction of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, in June 2018, three electoral inscriptions were found in a perfect state of preservation.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. June 2018. Electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo dei Balconi.

From the Vicolo dei Balconi it is now possible to look west along the newly excavated part of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and past V.2.i on the left. 

On the north-west corner of junction of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, in June 2018, three electoral inscriptions were found in a perfect state of preservation.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze Argento, at junction with Vicolo dei Balconi. Three electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction.

On the East wall are two inscriptions:

In black above is the inscription

HELVIUM SABINUM
AEDILEM D R P V B O V F

Helvium Sabinum
aedilem d(ignum) r(ei) p(ublicae)
v(irum) b(onum) o(ro) v(os)
f(aciatis)

In red below is the inscription:

ALBVCIVM AED

Electoral inscription on the south wall: 

L ALBVCIVM AED

L(ucium) Albucium aed(ilem). 

The Albucii were probably the owners of the House of the Silver Wedding.
The inscriptions were made on a layer of white paint, perhaps done to cover previous inscriptions and in any case to ensure a clear writing surface for the preserved inscriptions, which refer to the last electoral campaign of Pompeii before 79AD.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo delle Nozze Argento, at junction with Vicolo dei Balconi. Three electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction.

 

On the East wall are two inscriptions:

 

In black above is the inscription

 

HELVIUM SABINUM

AEDILEM D R P V B O V F

 

Helvium Sabinum

aedilem d(ignum) r(ei) p(ublicae)

v(irum) b(onum) o(ro) v(os)

f(aciatis)

 

In red below is the inscription:

 

ALBVCIVM AED

 

Electoral inscription on the south wall:

 

L ALBVCIVM AED

 

L(ucium) Albucium aed(ilem).

 

The Albucii were probably the owners of the House of the Silver Wedding.

The inscriptions were made on a layer of white paint, perhaps done to cover previous inscriptions and in any case to ensure a clear writing surface for the preserved inscriptions, which refer to the last electoral campaign of Pompeii before 79AD.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Skeleton

 

In 2018 at the intersection of the Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi the headless skeleton of a male victim was found. 
From the first observations, the individual who survived the early stages of the volcanic eruption, ventured in search of escape along the vicolo now filled by a thick blanket of lapilli. 
The body was in fact found at the height of the first floor of the adjacent building, above the lapilli layer. 
He was originally thought to have been killed by a large stone block, possibly a door jamb.
The skull of this man was found later at a lower level than the rest of his body, having been displaced by the collapse of a Bourbon tunnel below. 
The skull itself suggests that he was not, as first thought, crushed to death by the block but rather asphyxiated during the pyroclastic flow that threw him backwards.
He had with him at least 20 silver and 2 bronze coins, contained in a small purse. 
Between the ribs were found the first three coins, and gradually, on removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratory of applied research of the archaeological Park of Pompeii, for the continuation of investigations, the remainder were found.
At first glance there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses with a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half. 
Such a quantity of coins could at that time guarantee the maintenance of a family of three for 14 to 16 days.
The coins have a very varied chronology. It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the most Republican, starting from mid-2nd century BC.
One of the later Republican coins, is a Legionary Denarius of Mark Antony, common in Pompeii, with the indication of the XXI legion. 
Among the few identified imperial coins, a probable denarius of Octavian Augustus and two denarii of Vespasian.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

In 2018 at the intersection of the Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with the Vicolo dei Balconi the headless skeleton of a male victim was found.

From the first observations, the individual who survived the early stages of the volcanic eruption, ventured in search of escape along the vicolo now filled by a thick blanket of lapilli.

The body was in fact found at the height of the first floor of the adjacent building, above the lapilli layer.

He was originally thought to have been killed by a large stone block, possibly a door jamb.

The skull of this man was found later at a lower level than the rest of his body, having been displaced by the collapse of a Bourbon tunnel below.

The skull itself suggests that he was not, as first thought, crushed to death by the block but rather asphyxiated during the pyroclastic flow that threw him backwards.

He had with him at least 20 silver and 2 bronze coins, contained in a small purse.

Between the ribs were found the first three coins, and gradually, on removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratory of applied research of the archaeological Park of Pompeii, for the continuation of investigations, the remainder were found.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with the Vicolo dei Balconi intersection. Leather pouch containing coins found under Pompeii skeleton.
At first examination there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses with a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half. 
Such a quantity of coins could at that time guarantee the maintenance of a family of three for 14 to 16 days.
The coins have a very varied chronology. It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the most Republican, starting from mid-2nd century BC.
One of the later Republican coins, is a Legionary Denarius of Mark Antony, common in Pompeii, with the indication of the XXI legion. 
Among the few identified imperial coins, a probable denarius of Octavian Augustus and two denarii of Vespasian.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with the Vicolo dei Balconi intersection. Leather pouch containing coins found under Pompeii skeleton.

At first examination there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses with a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half.

Such a quantity of coins could at that time guarantee the maintenance of a family of three for 14 to 16 days.

The coins have a very varied chronology. It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the most Republican, starting from mid-2nd century BC.

One of the later Republican coins, is a Legionary Denarius of Mark Antony, common in Pompeii, with the indication of the XXI legion.

Among the few identified imperial coins, a probable denarius of Octavian Augustus and two denarii of Vespasian.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

La Casa dei Delfini or House of the Dolphins

Along the northern part of the Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento, the reprofiling of the excavation fronts has allowed to discover the front of some houses with richly frescoed rooms.

The frescoed rooms emerged right opposite the entrance to the House of the Silver Wedding, they suggested the name "Casa dei Delfini" because in the entrance (fauces), richly decorated on a red background, appear two squares with a pair of dolphins, in addition to various animals and architectural perspectives.

West of the entrance was investigated a room in which is possible to recognize an older decoration fresco, then covered with a richer decoration in Fourth style.

It Is possible that the oldest decoration is before the 62AD earthquake, while the later decoration is from renovation works after that event.

See V.7.7 page.

La Casa degli Amorini or House of the Cupids

Further west, at the intersection of the Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and the Vicolo di Cecilio Giocondo were identified two other frescoed rooms, which are arranged symmetrically with respect to a small entrance.

The room to the east, has remains of a decoration with cupids, while the room to the west has rich decoration with vegetable spirals.

See V.7.1 page.

Vicolo dei Balconi

Particularly rich in surprises was the excavation of the northern portion of the previously unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3 that skirts on one side the wall of garden (viridarium) of the House of the Silver Wedding.

On the other side have emerged, in good condition, the remains of 4/5 balconies (hence the name Vicolo dei Balconi).

On some balconies were found various amphorae, intact, some of which were probably upturned, as if put out to dry.

The balconies have been preserved because, when they collapsed, the alley was now completely covered with lapilli, on which the bottom of the balconies were "supported".

The Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento has been excavated at its eastern end and joins with the newly excavated Vicolo dei Balconi.

See Vicolo dei Balconi page.

 

See PAP http://pompeiisites.org/press-kit/proseguono-le-scoperte-sul-cantiere-della-regio-v/

 

See MiBAC report of finds and photos

 

 

 

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