Information concerning the rooms in House VIII 2,29-30

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Entranceway i'
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Entranceway l'
Front hall m'
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Area 05
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Room 04a
Room 10
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Room 09a
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Garden 20
Stairway 18
Room 13
Room 13a
Ambulatory 19
Garden 19a
Room 14
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Room 11
Room 12
Room 16
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Upper Levels

Entranceway i' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Entranceway i' led from the south side of the street to the north of this insula to front hall k'. Rooms v and w opened off its east side. There is no record or visible evidence of any wall covering. The pavement was a black mosaic carpet with rhomboid, triangular, and rectangular pieces of colored marble and a border of white tesserae.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room v in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room v was on the east side of entranceway i' and was entered from it through a narrow doorway in the center of the west wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

Breaches penetrated the north end of the east wall and the east end of the south wall.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

In this room were found remains of an amphora, a glass flask, a bronze lampstand, and thirteen bronze coins.

Interpretations of room:

This room has been identified as a cella ostiaria (Fiorelli 1883:135). The finds show relatively mixed domestic activities or storage.


Room w in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room w was on the east side of entranceway i' and was fully open onto it on the west side. It was also accessible from corridor c through a narrow doorway in the south end of the east wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Front hall k' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Front hall k' was entered through entranceway i' from the north. Room u opened off its north side and corridor y and rooms z and a' off the south side. Room e on the east side provided access to front hall m'. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91). The pavement was in white mosaic with scattered black tesserae.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

The central water-catchment pool (impluvium) was furbished with a black and white mosaic base. A lararium aedicula with marble revetment was built in the northwest corner of this front hall. Loose finds included an inscribed lead weight, a bronze bell, and six bronze coins.

Interpretations of room:

Mau observed that the lararium aedicula had been built after the Fourth-Style decoration on the west wall. The finds are not definitive but hint at occupancy. The excavators noted that the impluvium revetment had been removed, but whether this would have occurred before or after the eruption is unclear.*

* Descoeudres' argument (1993) that such revetment could have been removed only prior to the eruption is based on the assumed impossibility for the owners to have returned to remove them after the eruption. The possibility of looting in the following millennia should not be excluded.


Room u in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room u was in the northwest corner of front hall k' and was entered from it through a doorway at the east end of the south wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Corridor y in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor y was in the southwest corner of front hall k' and led from it to room b'. Stairway x runs along its west wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This room had a latrine at the west end.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Stairway x in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Stairway x was in the southwest corner of front hall k' and was accessible from corridor y. The walls were covered in coarse plaster.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This stairway descended to the lower floor.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room z in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room z is on the south side of front hall k' and fully open onto it on its north side. A wide opening in the south wall provided access to room g'. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

According to Fiorelli (1883:135), this was a tablinum.


Room a' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room a' was in the southeast corner of front hall k' and was entered from it through a doorway at the north wall. It was also accessible from terrace e' through a doorway in the south wall. The walls were furbished with a high pink socle. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

The entrances to this room had been blocked, and the room converted into a large vat or basin.

Interpretations of room:

This conversion had possibly been for some industrial purpose. According to Fiorelli (1883:346), this vat had been used for mixing lime.


Room g' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room g' was to the south of room z. It had a large opening in the north wall to the latter room, an opening in the south end of the west wall to room b', an opening in the south end of the east wall to room d', and an opening in the east end of the south wall to terrace e'. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room d' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room d' was to the east of room g' and was entered from it through a narrow doorway in the south end of the west wall. It was also accessible from room a' through a narrow doorway at the west end of the north wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room b' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room b' was to the west of room g' and was entered from it through a narrow doorway in the south end of the east wall. It was also accessible from terrace e' through a narrow doorway at the west end of the south wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering. The pavement was of chips of travertine.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Terrace e' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Terrace e' spanned the south side of the part of the house associated with front hall k'. It was accessible from the north through room b' or through room g'. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Entranceway l' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Entranceway l' led from the south side of the street to the north of this insula to front hall m'. At least the upper part of the walls was decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91), while the rest was probably in coarse plaster (Noack and Lehmann-Hartleben 1936:64).

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Front hall m' in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Front hall m' was entered through entranceway l' from the north. Rooms a and n opened off its north side; rooms c, d, e, f, and g off the west side; rooms l, k, i, and h off the east side; and room q off the south side. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering. The pavement was of chips of travertine with scattered pieces of slate and green marble.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

The excavators noted the tunnels of post-eruption intruders in this front hall (Fiorelli 1883:136).

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

The central water-catchment pool (impluvium) was unfurbished. There were three cistern mouths on the north side of it, and a number of terra-cotta antefixes found here were probably from the compluvium. Other finds consisted of one loom weight and three bronze coins.

Interpretations of room:

The excavators attributed the removal of the impluvium revetment from this front hall to post-eruption intruders, but equally it might have occurred prior to the eruption (see front hall k'). The loom weight hints at weaving having been carried out here (see the front halls of the Casa del Sacerdos Amandus and House I 10,8).


Room n in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room n was in the northeast corner of front hall m' and was entered from it through a doorway at the west end of the south wall. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91), consisting of a red socle zone and a central zone of red and yellow fields with small panels and separated by white and black bands and a white upper zone. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

This room has been identified as a cubiculum by Fiorelli (1883:136) and as a cella ostaria by Mau (1884:212).


Room a in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room a was in the northwest corner of front hall m' and was entered from it through a doorway at the east end of the south wall. Another narrow doorway in the south end of the west wall provided access to corridor b1. The walls were plastered. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This room had benches along the north and east walls. In the northwest corner was an oven.

Interpretations of room:

This has been identified as a kitchen (Fiorelli 1883:136).


Corridor b1 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor b' was to the west of room a and was entered from it through the east end. Narrow doorways in the west end of the north and south walls provided access to room b and corridor c, respectively. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room b in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room b was to the north of corridor b1 and was entered from it through a narrow doorway at the west end of the south wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

This room has a breach in the west end of the north wall, at floor level.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

This room has been identified as a pantry (Fiorelli 1883:136).


Corridor c in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor c led from the northwest corner of front hall m' to room w. Corridor b1 also opened off its north side. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room d in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room d was on the west side of front hall m' and was entered from it through a doorway at the north end of the east wall. Another narrow doorway in the east end of the south wall provided access to room e. The walls of this room were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91) with a central zone of red fields separated by white openings with candelabra, but the socle zone was not completed. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

This room had a breach in the north end of the east wall.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Corridor e in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor e led from the west side of front hall m' to front hall k'. It also had narrow doorways at the east end of the north and south walls leading to rooms d and f respectively. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91). There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room f in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room f was on the west side of front hall m' and was entered from it through a doorway at the center of the east wall. Another narrow doorway in the east end of the north wall provided access to corridor e. On the walls the upper zone had been completed in the Fourth Style, but the rest had been left coarsely plaster (Mau 1885:91). The pavement was in white mosaic with a black border.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This room had two rows of shelving on each of the south and west walls.

Interpretations of room:

Mau (1884:212) identified this room as a cubiculum. He noted (1885:91) that the shelving had been set into the coarse plaster.


Room g in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room g was on the west side of front hall m' and was fully open on the east side. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Fiorelli 1883:347; Mau 1885:91), consisting of a central zone of yellow fields with ornamental borders and separated by architectural openings. The socle zone had been left in coarse plaster, reportedly for a marble revetment. The pavement was of chips of travertine.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

The decoration in this room was similar to that in room h (Fiorelli 1883:347; Mau 1885:91).


Room l in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room l was on the east side of front hall m' and was entered from it through a doorway at the center of the west wall. Another narrow doorway in the west end of the south wall provided access to room k. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91), consisting of a black socle zone and a central zone of red and yellow fields with panels and medallions. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

This room had a breach in the center of the north wall.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

Four lamps were found here. Another lamp and a coin were found either in this room or in room i.

Interpretations of room:

Mau (1884:212) identified this room as a cubiculum.


Room k in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room k was on the east side of front hall m' and was fully open onto it along its west side. A narrow doorway in the west end of the north wall provided access to room l, and another in the west end of the south wall provided access to room i. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91), consisting of a black socle zone and a central zone of yellow and white fields with panels and ornamental borders. The pavement was in cocciopesto with triangles, quadrants, hexagons, and strips of limestone.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room i in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room i was on the east side of front hall m' and was entered from it through a narrow doorway in the center of the west wall. A narrow doorway in the west end of the north wall also provided access from room k. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91), consisting of a black socle zone and a central zone with a red middle field with small panels and yellow side fields with medallions separated by white architectural openings. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

Mau (1884:212) also identified this room as a cubiculum.


Room h in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room h was on the east side of front hall m' and was fully open onto it along its west side. A doorway in the south end of the east wall provided access to corridor t. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Fiorelli 1883:347; Mau 1885:91), consisting of a central zone of yellow fields with central panels and separated by white architectural openings. The socle zone was in coarse plaster, reportedly for marble revetment. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

A platform had been built into the southeast corner of this room.

Interpretations of room:

Despite the painted wall decoration, the platform implies that this room had a utilitarian function.


Room q in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room q was on the south side of front hall m' and was fully open onto it along its north side. It was also fully open along its south side. The walls were reportedly undecorated (Mau 1885:91). The pavement was originally composed of strips of marble and slate but was covered with a later pavement (Mau 1884:212, 1885:87).

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

In the mixed volcanic deposit in this room were found two bronze tweezers, a bone spoon, and eight bronze coins.

Interpretations of room:

This room has been identified as a tablinum (Fiorelli 1883:347). While the walls had been left undecorated, Mau noted (1885:91) that a new pavement had been put in place after the walls had been denuded. The finds may have fallen from the upper floor.


Room o in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room o was on the west side of room q and was entered from it through a doorway towards the north end of the east wall. The walls were covered in a coarse plaster (Mau 1885:92). The pavement was composed of strips of marble and slate (Mau 1884:212).

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

Mau deduced (1885:92) that the walls had been awaiting a final fine plaster.


Room r in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room r was on the east side of room q and was entered from it through a relatively wide doorway towards the north end of the west wall. There was another doorway in the east end of the south wall providing access to corridor t. The walls were undecorated (Fiorelli 1883:347). The pavement was composed of strips of marble and slate (Mau 1884:212).

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This room has a marble cistern mouth towards the southwest corner. Holes in the north, west, and east walls indicate that it must have had beams or shelving c. 1.35 m above the ground.

Interpretations of room:

According to Fiorelli (1883:347), this had been a rustic room. The beams are reminiscent of those in rooms h and z' and area q in House VIII 2,34. This large room in what may once have been the formal area of the house had conceivably been downgraded.


Room p in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room p was on the west side of room q and was entered from it through a narrow doorway towards the south end of the east wall. The south wall was fully open. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering. The pavement was composed of strips of marble and slate (Mau 1884:212, 1885:92).

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

A large semicircular niche had been built in the center of the north wall of this room.

Interpretations of room:

Fiorelli (1883:347) identified this room as an exedra and noted that the pavement was incomplete. Mau (1885:92) observed that the niche had been installed after room o had been plastered. This installation implies a change of activity in this room after room o's wall plastering had been left incomplete.


Room s in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room s was on the east side of room q and entered from it through a wide doorway towards the south end of the west wall. It also had a wide opening in the south wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering. The pavement was composed of octagonal and square pieces of marble with a slate border.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

Like room r, this has been referred to as a rustic room (Fiorelli 1883:347) and may have been similarly downgraded.


Corridor t in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor t led from the southeast corner of room r to stairway 18 in the southeast corner of the house. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Lower Floor in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

The lower floor of the east side this house is in ruins.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

Unprovenanced finds from this area included a small bottle, a netting implement, a bronze plumb line, an iron hoe, an iron strip with four small chisels, a terra-cotta lamp, a marble capital, a tortoise shell, a gold finger ring, and numerous bronze and two silver coins.

Interpretations of room:

These finds are limited but indicate domestic and industrial activity in this area.


Corridor 01 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor 01 was on the west side of the house and leads from stairway x to the western section of the lower floor to rooms 02, 03, 06, 09, and garden 20. The walls were covered with plaster. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

This consisted of a ramp and stairway that provided access to the lower floor.


Room 02 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 02 was in the northwest corner of the lower floor and was accessible from corridor 01 through a narrow opening in the south end of the west wall, which was above pavement level. The walls were covered with plaster. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

This had been a water tank (Mau 1884:213).


Room 03 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 03 was located to the south of room 02 on the lower floor and was accessible from corridor 01 through a narrow entrance in the center of the west wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Area 05 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Area 05 was in the west section of the lower floor and was open onto corridor 01 along its west side. It provided access to rooms 04 and 10. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 04 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 04 was at the north end of the west section of the lower floor and was accessible from area 05 through a narrow entrance in the center of the south wall. The walls were covered with plaster. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 04a in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 04a was in the northeast corner of the west section of the lower floor and was accessible from room 04 through a narrow entrance in the west end of the south wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

Fiorelli (1883:136) identified the first room of the western part of the lower floor (probably rooms 02﹣04a) as a cella vinaria.


Room 10 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 10 was in the west section of the lower floor and was accessible from area 05 through a narrow doorway in the west end of the north wall. Another doorway in the west end of the south wall provided access to room 10a. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This room had a bench and latrine against the west wall, above which were three small niches.

Interpretations of room:

This appeared to Mau (1884:213) to have been a kitchen.


Room 06 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 06 was in the west section of the lower floor and was accessible from corridor 01 through its open south side. The walls were decorated with white plaster with red painted bands (Noack and Lehmann-Hartleben 1936:64). There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

This was a walled tub (Mau 1884:213).


Room 08 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 08 was in the west section of the lower floor and was accessible from corridor 01 along a short corridor leading to a narrow doorway in the center of the west wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 09 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 09 was in the west section of the lower floor and was entered from corridor 01 through its open north side. Room 09a was accessible through an opening in the southeast corner. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

Mau (1884:213) identified this as a bathroom.


Room 09a in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 09a was in the west section of the lower floor and was entered from room 09 through the west side. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 09b in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 09b was in the west section of the lower floor and was entered from room 09a through a narrow opening towards the center of the north wall. Another doorway in the center of the east wall provided access to room 10a. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

Fiorelli (1883:347) identified rooms in the western section of the lower floor, probably rooms 06﹣09b, as a private bath suite.


Room 10a in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 10a was in the west section of the lower floor and was entered from room 09b through a narrow opening towards the center of the west wall. Another doorway in the west end of the north wall provided access to room 10, and a third in the southeast corner provided access to garden 20. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Garden 20 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Garden 20 was in the west section of the lower floor and was accessible from corridor 01 through a narrow opening towards the west end of the north wall or from room 10a via a doorway and a set of steps in the east end of the north wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Stairway 18 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Stairway 18 led from corridor t along the east side of the house to the eastern section of the lower floor to ambulatory 19 and to room 13. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 13 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 13 was in the eastern section of the lower floor. It was entered from stairway 18 through a narrow doorway at the south end of the east wall. It also provided access to room 13a through a narrow doorway at the north end of the west wall. There was no evident decoration on the walls of this room (Noack and Lehmann-Hartleben 1936:64). There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

This room had a hearth in the southwest corner and a latrine recessed into the north wall.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 13a in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 13a was in the eastern section of the lower floor. It was entered from room 13 through a narrow doorway at the north end of the east wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Ambulatory 19 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Ambulatory 19 was in the eastern section of the lower floor. It was entered from stairway 18 at the east end and provided access to garden 19a, to the south, and to rooms 14, 15, 16, and 17, to the north. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Garden 19a in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Garden 19a was in the eastern section of the lower floor and was accessible along its north side from ambulatory 19a. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

There was a basin in the center of this garden, reportedly for a fountain.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 14 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 14 was in the eastern section of the lower floor. It was entered from ambulatory 19 through a wide opening in the south wall, or from area 15 through a narrow doorway in the south end of the east wall. There is no record or visible evidence of the wall covering or pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Corridor 15 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Corridor 15 was in the eastern section of the lower floor and provided access from ambulatory 19 to rooms 11 and 12. There was no evident decoration on the walls (Noack and Lehmann-Hartleben 1936:64). There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 11 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 11 was in the northwest corner of the east section of the lower floor and was entered from area 15 through a narrow doorway in the east end of the south wall. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91), consisting of a black socle zone, a white central zone with garlands, a stuccoed cornice, and a white lunette. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 12 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 12 is on the north side of the east section of the lower floor and was entered from area 15 through a narrow doorway in the west end of the south wall. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style (Mau 1885:91) with a black socle zone delineated in red and a white lunette with red bands. There is no record or visible evidence of the pavement.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 16 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 16 was in the eastern section of the lower floor. It was entered from ambulatory 19 through a wide opening in the south wall or from area 15 through a narrow doorway in the south end of the west wall. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style, consisting of a socle zone with medallions of imitation marble and a central zone of red fields with ornamental borders and separated by white openings. (Fiorelli 1883:348; Mau 1885:91). The pavement was in cocciopesto with scattered white tesserae.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Room 17 in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

Room 17 was in the eastern section of the lower floor. It was entered from ambulatory 19 through a wide opening in the south wall. The walls were decorated in the Fourth Style, consisting of a black socle zone with ornamental bands, a yellow central zone with a red lattice of meanders, squares, and rosettes in a wallpaper pattern, a stuccoed cornice, and a ceiling painted the same as the central zone (Fiorelli 1883:348; Mau 1885:91) (figure D.223). The pavement was in cocciopesto with scattered white tesserae.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

No finds were reported.

Interpretations of room:

None.


Upper Levels in House VIII 2,29-30

Description of room:

There was no apparent structural evidence for an upper story in this house.

Condition of volcanic deposit:

No stratigraphical information.

Summary of Finds and Fixtures Distribution:

Three silver and one bronze coin were found in the upper levels of the volcanic deposit in this house.

Interpretations of room:

None.