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House of Opus Craticum, I read that an ancient architect, Vitruvius, wrote that this type of construction had numerous disadvantages: lack of permanence, dampness, and danger of fire. This type of construction is a wooden skeleton of square frames that is then filled in with stones and thinly plastered. Old Vitruvius would be shocked if could have known that one of these houses were to last almost 2 thousand years under ANY circumstances. Survival of structures in Herculaneum evidentially depended a lot on where they were and what direction they faced. This house got off lightly, evidentially. The House of the Relief of Telephus, which was the rich pro-consul Nonius Balbus’s house, got blasted with the pyroclastic flow and surges. Back to the House of Opus Craticum, you can see the door and some of the upper floor and balcony in Her0030. Evidentially much of the organic matter in this house was carbonized and left in place so that it is a treasure trove on the life of the poor plebs of 79AD. In Her0029 You can see the rope (only slightly scorched) that archeologists recovered from inside of this structure that one family used to lower containers into their well inside.
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