Four pottery assemblages buried by late antique eruptions of Vesuvius


  • Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone
  • Vincenzo Castaldo
  • Santa Sannino


This contribution describes the pottery assemblage from the Roman villa with baths in Pollena Trocchia (Mt. Vesuvius),
whose importance resides mostly in its stratigraphy: it was built on top of the AD 79 ashes and buried by volcanic debris
in AD 472 and 512, providing sharp chronological markers. After a brief discussion on the exact chronology of the late
antique eruptions of Vesuvius, a contextual analysis of the deposits from four rooms of the baths is provided. A thorough
description of the pottery assemblages, which are presented by context, classes, and typology, follows. Overall the analysis
of the potsherds confirms the hypothesis that, during the last phase before the AD 472 eruption, the baths were abandoned
and used as dumping area, while on a macroscopic level the assemblage seems pretty consistent with others from Naples in
the third quarter of the 5th century AD.




How to Cite

De Simone, G. F., Castaldo, V., & Sannino, S. (2022). Four pottery assemblages buried by late antique eruptions of Vesuvius. Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautorum Acta, 45, 299–310. Retrieved from