The Fortuna Domus (Cartagena, Spain): An Archaeological Analysis of Household Activities in a Hispano-Roman Colonia Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2014

start page

  • 487

end page

  • 516


  • 3


  • 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1461-9571

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-2722


  • This paper analyses the occupation sequence documented in the Roman house of La Fortuna (Cartagena, Spain). We use a contextual approach to study all the material culture documented in the domus. We start with a complete re-documentation of the stratigraphic record, in order to match the finds to their provenance. As a basis for this documentation, we discuss the abandonment typologies and the formation processes documented in the house. Using this framework we make a detailed examination of the artefact assemblages documented and we apply a quantitative study of the production, redistribution and consumption patterns during the different occupation phases. The ultimate objective of this paper is to provide a social and economic reading of the household activities carried out by the successive inhabitants in their own historical context.


  • household archaeology; roman domus; carthago nova; hispania; domestic activities; artefact assemblages