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Herculaneum VI.12. Shop of a plumbarius (metal worker, welder or blacksmith).

Excavated 1961-62.

 

According to Wallace-Hadrill, this shop had a rear room and stairs to an upper floor, but with no decorations.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A., 1994. Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. New Jersey: Princeton U.P. (p.206)

 

Guidobaldi wrote that, at the moment of the eruption, this shop which was originally part of the Casa del Salone Nero, functioned as a metallagist’s workshop.  In the shop, which has a long bench/counter along the front, were found the melting crucible, some terracotta pots used for cooling of pieces of forgings, and some elements of charred wood which likely served to feed the flame of the crucible, and iron tools.  They also recovered lead ingots, pieces of pipe, limestone weights in which one would have had to solder the iron handle, a bronze candelabrum with marble base, and a bronze statuette of Bacchus with decoration of gold, silver and copper, all in the course of being repaired.

(Note: according to Pesando & Guidobaldi, (2006), one day, these representative objects will be on display in the Antiquarium).

See Guidobaldi, M.P, 2009: Ercolano, guida agli scavi. Naples, Electa Napoli, (p.103).

See Pesando, F. and Guidobaldi, M.P. (2006). Pompei, Oplontis, Ercolano, Stabiae. Editori Laterza, (p.362-3)

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south to entrance doorway.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south to entrance doorway.

 

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VI.12, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking south towards entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

VI.12 Herculaneum, on left. September 2015. Looking west along north side of insula VI, on Decumanus Maximus.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

VI.12 Herculaneum, on left. September 2015. Looking west along north side of insula VI, on Decumanus Maximus.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

VI.12 Herculaneum, on left. May 2001. Looking west along north side of insula, on Decumanus Maximus.  Photo courtesy of Current Archaeology.

VI.12 Herculaneum, on left. May 2001. Looking west along north side of insula, on Decumanus Maximus.

Photo courtesy of Current Archaeology.

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. South side of shop.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. South side of shop.

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south-east across counter.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south-east across counter.

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking towards south-east corner.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking towards south-east corner.

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Niche in south wall.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Niche in south wall.

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Niche in south wall.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. Niche in south wall.

 

Ins. VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. West wall, against which is the still partly preserved wooden loft/mezzanine.

VI 12, Herculaneum, September 2015. West wall, against which is the still partly preserved wooden loft/mezzanine.

 

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. North-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12. Looking north. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.  See also Ins. V.9.

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. North-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.

Looking north to pilaster of water-tower. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.  See also Ins. V.9.

 

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. Remains of painted serpent on street shrine on north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12. Looking west. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.  See also Ins. V.9.

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Remains of painted serpent on street shrine on north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.

Looking west. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.  See also Ins. V.9.

 

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. Painted graffiti on pilaster at north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.  This shows the remains of a painted edict on behalf of two local aediles, M. Rufellius Robia and A. Tetteius, to prohibit the dumping of dirt and excrement near to the water tower, to prevent the pollution of the water supply.

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. Painted graffiti on pilaster of water-tower at north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee. 

This shows the remains of a painted edict on behalf of two local aediles, M. Rufellius Robia and A. Tetteius, to prohibit the dumping of dirt and excrement near to the water tower, to prevent the pollution of the water supply.

 

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. Graffiti on north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12. Looking west. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Graffiti on pilaster at north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.

Looking west. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee. 

 

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail of graffiti on pilaster at north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Detail of graffiti on pilaster at north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee. 

 

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail of graffiti on north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI 12, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Detail of graffiti on pilaster at north-east corner of Insula VI, adjacent to the shop at VI.12.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.