(Taken From Official Guidebook)
Porta Ercolano: Necropolis
Uncovered in 1763-1838, the necropolis of Porta Ercolano is the city’s best known, with buildings dating from the middle of the 1st cent. BC to the 1st cent. A.D. During this period the dead were cremated and the ashes stored in an urn walled into the tomb, or buried and indicated with a marker in the shape of a human bust (columella).
Among the many burials, worthy of note are the tomb in the shape of a semicircular seat of the priestess Mamia; the large burial chambe topped by a circular aedicula, which had the statues of eminent figures of the gens Istacidia between the columns; the marble-covered altar tombs (54-68 AD) of C.Calventius Quietus (with the bisellium or dual seat, symbol of the honor granted to sit in the front row of a theatre), Naevoleia Tyche and C.Munatius Faustus (the cargo ship refers to the merchant business of the latter).