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The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS)

Location: Pompeii, Italy

June 24, 2011 to August 4, 2011

Program Type

Staff position


University of Cincinnati

Project Director:

Steven Ellis

Project Description

The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS) is bringing to light a largely forgotten corner of ancient Pompeii that has great potential for enlightening Pompeian and Roman history. Through the full range of archaeological inquiry – archaeological excavations, structural and artefactual analyses, and geophysical surveys – we are revealing the dynamic structural and social history of an entire Pompeian neighborhood. The research area covers a working-class district (modest houses, shops, workshops, and hospitality outlets) that sat in the shadow of to the so-called 'entertainment district' - an area comprised of two theatres, a large public colonnaded courtyard (Quadriporticus), three temples, and a forum. Here was the social and cultural centre of Pompeii. This project thus presents a unique opportunity to examine the complex decisions involved in the planning, integration, and use of public and private space in the ancient city. The results are contributing to a more detailed and reasoned understanding of the roles that non-elites played in the shaping of an ancient city, and how these families responded to various Mediterranean-wide socio-economic developments.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Experience required: 
Must speak Italian and be willing to drive (stick/manual).

Room and Board Arrangements

The successful applicant will be provided with an airline flight to/from Italy, a modest weekly stipend, and housed in a modern, furnished apartment a short walk from the center of town.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


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