The Small Finds and Vessel Glass from Insula VI.1 Pompeii. Excavations 1995-2006

H E M Cool, 2016

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Introduction

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The aim of this work is to put the archive material relating to the small finds and the vessel glass recovered from the excavations in Insula VI.1 Pompeii, which ran from 1995 to 2006, into the public domain. At the time these excavations were known as the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii (AAPP), and were run as a summer school by the Universities of Bradford and Oxford. The aim of the excavations was to uncover the development of the insula prior to the destruction of the town in AD 79. The excavations produced a very large body of material ranging in date from the second century BC to the final years of Pompeii's existence. The report is in two parts. A letterpress volume provides a full, illustrated discussion of the finds. The digital part provides the full database to allow others to further interrogate the data.

Work with the dataset has enabled this work to plot changes in what people use throughout the late Republican and early Imperial period. The growth in the absolute amount consumed, as well as an ever widening range of specialist products, is demonstrated. There is a considerable amount of data relating to the Augustan consumer boom, and there is also evidence for other major changes taking place in the last decade or so of the town's life. Topics considered include the nature of textile working, the rise in the use of perfumes, and the growth of leisure activities. The assemblage is particularly useful for exploring the growth of glass vessel use and the impact of the arrival of blown vessels. It will be of interest both to finds specialists and those with a wider interest in the economy and changing lifestyles of this formative period.