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Pollena Trocchia, Roman Villa with Baths

Location: Pollena Trocchia, Napoli, Italy

June 1, 2014 to September 27, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Program Type

Field school


Apolline Project

Project Director:

Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone

Project Description

For those seeking experience in archaeological fieldwork, the Apolline Project in the Campania region of Italy is now welcoming applications from students of all levels to participate in a major Roman dig. The site of Pollena Trocchia centres on a post-AD 79 bathhouse which seems likely to be part of a larger villa complex. The nearby sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum have made the powers of preservation of volcanic eruptions famous and Pollena Trocchia is another demonstration of this. The various eruptions down the centuries have helped archaeologists piece together a clear chronology; periods of habitation are interrupted by volcanic deposits that are often metres in depth. A diverse range of finds have been excavated and those participants with a special interest in human remains, ceramics, architecture, building materials and paleobotany will likely be well catered for.

The excavation runs from June 1 - September 27 and participants must stay for a minimum of two weeks but there is no maximum; you are free to stay for the entire duration of the excavation if you so choose. The fees are 300EUR (roughly 260GBP or 400USD) for 2 weeks and 500EUR for 4 weeks. For returning applicants, we ask 300EUR per month. This includes all tuition and accommodation irrespective of your length of stay. The deadline for applications is August 15th and those who apply will find out if they have been successful within two days of their application. Further details about this program (and our summer pottery and human osteology lab courses) can be found on our website at and the application form at

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Hostel style accomodation in a late 19th century palazzo. Amenities provided include internet, a kitchen and washing facilities.

300EUR (roughly 260GBP or 400USD) for 2 weeks and 500EUR for 4 weeks

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa Napoli
Number of credits offered Negotiable


Contact Information
Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone
via Regina Margherita 46
+39 3395671190
Recommended Bibliography: 


G.F. De Simone – R.T. Macfarlane (eds.), Apolline Project vol. 1: Studies on Vesuvius’ North Slope and the Bay of Naples, Napoli 2009 (Università degli Studî Suor Orsola Benincasa Napoli – Brigham Young University) [ISBN: 978-88-96055-00-7]


G.F. De Simone, C. Martucci, G. Boemio, G. Trojsi, “Pollena Trocchia (Na), località Masseria De Carolis. L’analisi dei reperti per la ricostruzione del contesto economico e sociale del sito”, Amoenitas 2 (2010) (in press)

A. De Simone, “La cd. Villa di Augusto in Somma Vesuviana: il Dioniso e la Peplophoros”, in: C. Gasparri, G. Greco, R. Pierobon Benoit (eds.), Dall’immagine alla storia: Studi per ricordare Stefania Adamo Muscettola, Napoli 2010, 337-353

A. De Simone, M. Aoyagi, “Il thiasos marino dalla villa di Somma Vesuviana”, in: I. Bragantini (ed.), Atti del X Congresso Internazionale dell’AIPMA, Napoli 17-21 settembre 2007 (AION ArchStAnt Quad. 18), Napoli 2010, 583-593

G. Di Pasquale, E. Allevato, E. Russo Ermolli, S. Coubray, C. Lubritto, F. Marzaioli, M. Yoneda, K. Takeuchi, Y. Kano, S. Matsuyama, G.F. De Simone, “Reworking the idea of chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) cultivation in Roman times: new data from ancient Campania”, Biosystems 144.4 (2010): 865-873 [ISSN: 1724-5575]

G.F. De Simone, M. Lubrano, R. Cannella, Y. Trnka-Amrhein, “Pollena Trocchia, località Masseria De Carolis: Campagne d’indagine 2006-2009”, Rivista di Studi Pompeiani 20 (2009): 153-156 [ISSN: 1120-3579]

G.F. De Simone, “Pollena Trocchia: Archives and Field Survey Results”, in: G.F. De Simone – R.T. Macfarlane (eds.), Apolline Project vol. 1: Studies on Vesuvius’ North Slope and the Bay of Naples, Napoli 2009, 191-206 (Università degli Studî Suor Orsola Benincasa Napoli – Brigham Young University) [ISBN: 978-88-96055-00-7]

G.F. De Simone, M. Lubrano, R. Cannella, L. Repola, “Il sito romano di Pollena Trocchia (NA), località Masseria De Carolis: Campagne di scavo 2006-2008)”, Amoenitas 1 (2009): 253-271 [ISBN: 978-88-240-1331-4]

J.H. McBride, R.W. Keach, R.T. Macfarlane, G.F. De Simone, C. Scarpati, D.J. Johnson, J.R. Yaede, G.S. Macfarlane, R.W.R. Weight, “Subsurface Visualization Using Ground-Penetrating Radar for Archaeological Site Preparation on the Northern Slope of Somma-Vesuvius: A Roman Site, Pollena Trocchia, Italy”, Il Quaternario 22.1 (2009): 39-52 [ISSN: 0394-3356]

G.F. De Simone, A. Perrotta, C. Scarpati, A. De Simone, R.T. Macfarlane, “Burial of a roman building at Pollena Trocchia (Italy) by volcanic and volcanoclastic episodes (V-XVII century)”, Il Quaternario 22.1 (2009): 53-60 [ISSN: 0394-3356]

G.F. De Simone, “Il territorio nord-vesuviano e un sito dimenticato di Pollena Trocchia”, Cronache Ercolanesi 38 (2008): 329-349 [ISSN: 0391-1535]

A. Perrotta, C. Scarpati, G. Luongo, “Volcaniclastic resedimentation on the northern slope of Vesuvius as a direct response to eruptive activity”, Landslides 3.4 (2006): 295-301

A. Perrotta, C. Scarpati, G. Luongo, M. Aoyagi, “Burial of Emperor Augustus’ villa at Somma Vesuviana (Italy) by post-79 AD Vesuvius eruptions and reworked (lahars and stream flow) deposits”, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 158.3-4 (2006): 445-66

G.F. De Simone, “Oltre la costa: il problema delle ville nell’entroterra vesuviano”, in: R. Ciardiello (ed.), La Villa Romana (Archeologia, 8), Napoli 2007, 241-255 (Orientale Editrice) [ISBN: 978-88-87466-49-2]