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Pompeii Street View. Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, between V.2 and V.3.

Excavation taking place 2018.

 

Looking east to junction with unnamed vicolo on north side of Via di Nola, between V.2. and V.3. Taken from near IX.5.12. May 2010.

Looking east to junction with Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) on north side of Via di Nola.  

May 2010. Taken from near IX.5.12.

 

Vicolo del Centenario. Looking north towards Via di Nola and the unnamed vicolo on the opposite side of the road . May 2005.

Vicolo del Centenario. May 2005.

Looking north towards Via di Nola and the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously an unnamed vicolo) on the opposite side of the Via di Nola.

 

Unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3. Looking north from Via di Nola. May 2005.

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. May 2005.

Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

Unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3.  Looking north from Via di Nola. March 2009.

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. March 2009. Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. 2018. This previously unnamed vicolo became known as Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi because during excavations a number of houses with balconies intact were found on the east side in V.3.
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Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. 2018. This previously unnamed vicolo became known as Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi because during excavations a number of houses with balconies intact were found on the east side in V.3.

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

 

In 2018 in the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento electoral inscriptions were found.
On the East wall in black is the inscription:
Helvium Sabinum
aedilem d(ignum) r(ei) p(ublicae)
v(irum) b(onum) o(ro) v(os)
f(aciatis)

Electoral inscription on the south wall. 
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.
Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

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

On the East wall in black is the inscription:

Helvium Sabinum

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

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

f(aciatis)

 

Electoral inscription on the south wall.

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.

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. 2018. On the East wall in black is the inscription:
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:
Albucium Aed
Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. 2018. On the East wall in black is the inscription:

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:

Albucium Aed

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

 

In 2018 at the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-east corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento 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 the stone block.
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.
The individual clutched at least 20 silver coins and 2 in Bronze, contained in a small purse. 
Between the ribs of the chest 3 coins were in fact first found, and after removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratorio di ricerche applicate del Parco archeologico di Pompei, for the further investigations, the rest of the precious finds were uncovered.
Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

In 2018 at the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-east corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento 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 the stone block.

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.

The individual clutched at least 20 silver coins and 2 in Bronze, contained in a small purse.

Between the ribs of the chest 3 coins were in fact first found, and after removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratorio di ricerche applicate del Parco archeologico di Pompei, for the further investigations, the rest of the precious finds were uncovered.

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. Leather pouch containing coins found under Pompeii skeleton.
At first examination of the money found with skeleton of victim there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses for a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half. 
Such a quantity of coins could at that time ensure the maintenance of a three-person family for 14, 16 days. 
The coins have very varied chronology. 
It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the main part Republican, starting from the Mid-second century B.C. 
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 Imperial coins identified, a probable denarius of Octavian and two denarii of Vespasian.
Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. Leather pouch containing coins found under Pompeii skeleton.

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

Such a quantity of coins could at that time ensure the maintenance of a three-person family for 14, 16 days.

The coins have very varied chronology.

It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the main part Republican, starting from the Mid-second century B.C.

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 Imperial coins identified, a probable denarius of Octavian and two denarii of Vespasian.

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

 

Other finds

A wall was found with a terracotta plaque in the form of a phallus under which was an electoral inscription.

 

Just past the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento is a new entrance V.7.8 with the impression of doors clearly seen in the ash.

 

From the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento it is now possible to look west along the newly excavated part of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento past V.2.i. 

 

A richly decorated Thermopolium emerged in the open space which acts as a crossroads between Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi. On one side, the decorations on the counter depict the beautiful figure of a Nereid on horseback in a marine environment, and on the other is most probably the illustration of the business conducted in the shop, almost as if it were a shop sign. The discovery of amphorae, which were located in front of the counter, reflected the painted image exactly.

Links to other photos of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Pompei Soprintendenza

Election posters on the walls of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters under excavation on the north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters on the north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters on the east wall of north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters on the south wall of north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Excavation south to north along Vicolo dei Balconi

Excavations at north end of Vicolo dei Balconi

Street plaque with phallus with painted inscription underneath

Shop entrance with preserved impression of the wooden door

The thermopolium of Regio V

 

The Archaeology News Network

Alley of balconies uncovered at Pompeii

Pompeii: New find shows man crushed trying to flee eruption

 

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