VI.1.15 Pompeii. September 2004. Looking east towards entrance doorway.
VI.1.15 Pompeii. July 2010. Looking east to rear. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.
VI.1.15 Pompeii. December 2005. North wall.
VI.1.15 Pompeii. December 2005. East wall with basins or vats.
According to Jones and Robinson, a group of small workshops were constructed in the south of the insula.
Each workshop had a wide shop doorway opening onto Via Consolare.
Plaster-lined tanks, similar to those found in the north of the insula, were recovered from the excavations of the Soap Factory (VI.1.14/15).
They were also discovered at the Bar of Acisculus (VI.1.17) and also from the Shrine at VI.1.13.
This suggested that there was a consistent phase of tank-centred industrial activity throughout the insula, and that fish processing was a major industry in this area of Pompeii during the late second and early first centuries BC.
See Dobbins, J & Foss, P., 2008. The World of Pompeii. New York: Routledge. (p.394)
On page 398, they say that following the Social War, the fish processing tanks were abandoned and the workshops redeveloped.
In the Soap Factory, a group of clay and stone hearths were recovered, along with significant quantities of hammerscale, charcoal, slag and hearth bottoms.
This property was now operating as a metal smithy.
VI.1.15 Pompeii. December 2005. Looking north across east side.