With contributions by Annamaria Carini, Federica Cortinovis, Lilia Palmieri, Marina Volonté.
The volume collects the final reports of the first part of the excavation (1988-2000) conducted by the University of Milan, with the Archaeological Superintendence of Lombardy, of a sector of the ancient Roman vicus of Bedriacum near Calvatone (Cremona). A complex job, given that the excavation project referred to the exploration of a center of considerable size, unfortunately almost completely stripped of its walls over the centuries and belonging to a housing typology, the vicus, still very little known. The mass of data accumulated over the years now allows not only to know the structure of the inhabited area, housing phases and period of attendance, but also to have important knowledge on the characteristics of the material life of the vicus and on the role and functions of the inhabited center inside. of the territorial organization of the central Transpadana in the age of Romanization and full Romanity. Maria Teresa Grassi, resuming the study of all the material found in the southern sector of the town5, was able to enormously expand the documentary base from which to start. It was thus possible for her to expand her research as well, reaching an overall interpretation of the presence of black-painted ceramic in the central Transpadana. At the same time he highlighted problems of production, circulation and use of this interesting class of ceramics that characterized the whole of northern Italy in the period of Romanization. In this way it was possible to make overall historical, productive and economic observations. The publication accounts, in an analytical but also easily accessible way, of the large number of forms, each documented in turn by numerous fragments, found in the excavations of the Southern sector. The reasoned examination of each form is therefore integrated by a catalog tables that collects all the technical data of all the fragments, so as to facilitate both the reference to the single fragment and its characteristics and the identification of its stratigraphic position. It is a methodological solution that appears clear, essential and at the same time suitable for allowing a global acquisition of knowledge.