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Herculaneum III.10. Bottega del Lanarius, or Workshop of Lanarius.

Excavated between 1928-29.

According to Maiuri, this shop-room had no communication with the Casa del Tramezzo di legno, although it would have undoubtedly have belonged to the same proprietor. The square room had a very low ceiling, a floor of beaten earth and steps to an upper floor. Found in the shop-room was a wooden press with a central screw for pressing clothes. It was undoubtedly the shop of a clothes-merchant, a lanarius.

See Maiuri, Amedeo, (1977). Herculaneum. 7th English ed, of Guide books to the Museums Galleries and Monuments of Italy, No.53 (p.34).

 

According to Pesando and Guidobaldi, in the south wall of the shop-room, near to a small arched lararium niche, were small stairs to the upper floor comprising of two rooms. The room placed above the shop-room was provided with a latrine, whose discharge channel was connected to the latrine of the shop at number 9. The other room was positioned above the cubiculum and entrance corridor of the Casa del Tramezzo di legno. One of the windows from a room in the upper floor also gave or took light into the atrium of the Casa, giving some credence to the fact that the owner of the Casa and the tenant or owner of the shop were closely linked.

Found during the excavation of the shop, which had already been traversed by the Bourbon tunnels, was a single, exceptional artefact; a press of charred wood, positioned within a masonry basin/tank, but of which no trace remained.

See Pesando, F. and Guidobaldi, M.P. (2006). Pompei, Oplontis, Ercolano, Stabiae. Editori Laterza, (p.324-5).

 

III.10, on left, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking west along Decumanus Inferiore, from junction with Cardo IV.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

III.10, on left, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking west along Decumanus Inferiore, from junction with Cardo IV.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

III.10, on right, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking at junction with Cardo IV Inferiore, on left, and Decumanus Inferiore, on right.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

III.10, on right, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking at junction with Cardo IV Inferiore, on left, and Decumanus Inferiore, on right.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

III.10 Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south to entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

III.10 Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south to entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

III.10 Herculaneum, August 2013. Identification name-plate. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

III.10 Herculaneum, August 2013. Identification name-plate.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Shop of the fabric merchant with the only remaining example of a wooden screw press (torcular or pressorium) which was used to iron clothes.

 

III.10 Herculaneum, August 2013. Wooden screw press (torcular or pressorium). Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

III.10 Herculaneum, August 2013.

Wooden screw press used to iron clothes (torcular or pressorium). Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

lll.10 Herculaneum, October 2012. Wooden screw press used to iron clothes (torcular or pressorium).  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

lll.10 Herculaneum, October 2012. Wooden screw press used to iron clothes (torcular or pressorium).

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

III.10 Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail of wooden screw press (torcular or pressorium).  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

III.10 Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail of the wooden screw press.  

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

lll.10 Herculaneum, October 2012. Detail of the wooden screw press.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

lll.10 Herculaneum, October 2012. Detail of the wooden screw press. 

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

III.10 Herculaneum, 1961. Wooden screw press (torcular or pressorium). The staircase would have led to the upper floor small dwelling, consisting of two rooms.
Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J61f0606

III.10 Herculaneum, 1961. Wooden screw press (torcular or pressorium).

The staircase would have led to the upper floor small dwelling, consisting of two rooms.

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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