This PhD project is covering four different trenches in the city centre: Three late antique find complexes (TDV1: Taberna della Venere, TFR1: Taberna forum rooms and the FSE: Foro della statua eroica), as well as imperial age and republican contexts from the area TFR2: Taberna forum rooms. The focus of the dissertation will lie on the area TFR2 which is, at least from Hadrianic times onwards, to be characterised as an open yard or a backroom belonging to a taberna facing the Decumanus (TFR1). Before the Hadrianic building programme changed the whole appearance of the forum and the area around it, the TFR area belonged to a so far undiscovered sanctuary that can be ascribed to Volcanus.1 The contexts in the area TFR2 vary from construction pits to levelling layers to various kinds of depositions (i. e. building sacrifices and obliteration deposits, containing mainly pottery, building material and animal bones). While the deposits and the related rituals will be analysed by Trine Bak Pedersen, this thesis will focus on the development of the sanctuary and the area in general and thus on the contexts with all of their chronological and stratigraphical aspects.
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