Pompeian Plasters Database

SND-ID: snd0920-1. Version: 1.0. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5878/002567


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Agneta Freccero - Swedish Institute in Rome

Research principal

Swedish Institute in Rome rorId


The study presented in this database concerns plasters used for wall decorations in Pompeii. Earlier experiences in the field showed that plasters compositions change over time. The hypothesis for the study was that there is a connection between the typology and the relative chronology in which the plasters appear on the walls, and that these factors are related not only in single houses or quarters but over the site. The variations were assumed to be related to technology, craftsmanship and fashion. Focus has been set on materials and styles. The database has three sections: Houses, Samples and Types. The types are sorted according to the system of types which is 0 (Zero), which contains the earliest plasters identified, the chronologically namned A-H and the additional X, a group that contains other kinds of materials, such as cocciopesto, modern restoration materials, or waterproof plaster, just to mention some.


The main objective of this project is to study lime plasters used for wall decoration and, if possible, to find a clear relation between typology and stratigraphy.

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Method and outcome

Unit of analysis

Time period(s) investigated

2004 – 2012

Data format / data structure

Data collection
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Italy

Administrative information
Topic and keywords

Research area

History (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Inorganic chemistry (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Analytical chemistry (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

History and archaeology (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Archaeology (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Classical archaeology and ancient history (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


Mural, Fresco


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Freccero, Agneta (2005). Pompeian plasters: Insula I 9 and Forum. Rome: Swedish Institute.
Libris | Swedish Institute Rome (full text)
ISSN: 1825-7725

Freccero, Agneta (2012). Pompeian plasters: buildings in Regiones I, V, VI, VII and IX. Rome: Swedish Institute.
Libris | Swedish institute Rome (full text)
ISSN: 1825-7725

Freccero, Agneta (2002). Redogörelse för planering 2002-03 av forskningsprojektet Pompejanska Putser. Svenska Institutet i Rom.

Freccero, Agneta (2004) Pompeian Plasters: Insula I 9, Roma. Svenska institutet i Rom.

Freccero, Agneta (2004). Report in Pompeian Plasters. Forum. Svenska institutet i Rom.

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Published: 2015-01-09
Last updated: 2020-01-22