Monday, July 23, 2012

House of the Telephus Relief: raising the roof on Roman real estate

For almost two mil­len­nia, the piles of wood lay undis­turbed and large­ly intact under lay­ers of hard­ened vol­canic mate­r­i­al. Now, after three years of painstak­ing work, archae­ol­o­gists at Her­cu­la­neum have not only exca­vat­ed and pre­served the pieces, but worked out how they fit­ted togeth­er, achiev­ing the first-ever full recon­struc­tion of the tim­ber­work of a Roman roof. 

This arti­cle titled "House of the Tele­phus Relief: rais­ing the roof on Roman real estate" was writ­ten by John Hoop­er in Ercolano, for on Mon­day 23rd July 2012 15.45 UTC

With sev­er­al dozen rooms, the House of the Tele­phus Relief was "top-level Roman real estate", says Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, the direc­tor of the Her­cu­la­neum Con­ser­va­tion Project (HCP). It was more of a palace or man­sion, thought to have been built for Mar­cus Non­ius Bal­bus, the Roman gov­er­nor of Crete and part of modern-day Libya, whose osten­ta­tious tomb was found near­by.


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