After two successful campaigns in 2006 and 2007, the 2008 campaign constituted the third and final season of the ‘Cleaning the Laundries’ project. The general aim of the project was to come to a better understanding of the recognizable Pompeian fulling workshops by investigating the remains of work installations on or above the AD 79 floor level, which are often hidden below modern deposits, such as sand and debris.
The results of the first two seasons had already confirmed that by carefully removing these modern layers and cleaning the ancient remains underneath a lot of additional information about the history and use of these workshops could be gathered and it had also become clear that such data could add significantly to our understanding of fullones and fullonicae at Pompeii. In 2006, three small fullonicae were investigated in tabernae I 4, 7, VI 15, 3 and IX 6, a.1; the 2007 season focused on two large fullonicae in houses VI 8, 20.21.2 and VI 14, 21.22 and another small workshop in taberna VII 2, 41. The final season in 2008 served two purposes. On the one hand, there was a number of (possible) fulling workshops left that still needed to be studied – includingtabernae I 10, 6, V 1 2 and VI 3, 6 and workshop VI 16, 3.4. On the other hand, as the project proceeded, new questions arose concerning some of the workshops investigated in preceding years, and it was decided that additional investigations were necessary in two of these: workshop I 4, 6 and VI 15, 3.
Summary Author: Miko Flohr - University of Oxford, Faculty of Classics
Citation: Miko Flohr. 2011.