Pompeii Food and Drink Project

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Location: Pompeii, Italy

Season Dates: June 22, 2013 - July 12, 2014
Session Dates: June 22-28; June 29 - July 5; and July 6-12, 2014
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

Website: http://www.Pompeii-Food-and-Drink.org/

Program Type

Affiliation: University of Maryland, University of Georgia, and Western Oregon University

Project Director: Betty Jo Mayeske, Robert C. Curtis, Lisa Kahn, and Benedict J. Lowe

Project Description

The research goal is to analyze the patterns of daily life in Pompeii by a noninvasive study of the structures that are associated with the storage, distribution, preparation, serving, and consumption of food and drink. These structures will include all categories of Residential, Commercial, Public, Religious, and Other. Over 1,435 structures will be documented by measurements, sketches, and photographs. The information will be organized into a comprehensive electronic database, Food and Drink in Ancient Pompeii Codex, that will include the structure address, floor plans, features shown in original drawings, video, and digital, color, black/white photographs. A printed guide will also be prepared. The spatial relationships of structures to one another will be analyzed to determine the patterns of daily life, by using a Geographic Information System (GIS). From our analysis of ancient Pompeii, we hope to gain insight into city-planning and to learn about building an enduring and healthy urban environment in the 21st century.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pompeii, prior to 79 C.E.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

Villa dei Misteri Motel is a small family-run hotel with air-conditioned rooms, eating facilities, internet, and a swimming pool. Rooms, each with a private bath, are for two people. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the scavi.

Cost: $1,600 per week

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Pompeii Food and Drink
12524 Knowledge Lane
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301-262-1141

Recommended Bibliography

Curtis, Robert (ed), Ancient Food Technology, Umbricius Scaurus of Pompeii, Studia Pompeiana and Classica in honor of Wilhelmina Jashemski, vol 1: Pompeiana, 2001
Mayeske, Betty Jo, A Pompeian Bakery on the Via dellAbbondanza, Umbricius Scaurus of Pompeii, Studia Pompeiana and Classica in honor of Wilhelmina Jashemski, vol 1: Pompeiana,, 1988,
Jashemski, Wilhelmina, The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius, Vols 1 and 2, 1979 and 1993,
Jashemski, Wilhelmina and Frederick G. Meyer, editors, A Natural History of Pompeii, 2002, Cambridge

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