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Pompeii Food and Drink Project

Location: Pompeii, Italy

June 21, 2015 to July 11, 2015

Session dates: 
June 21 - June 27, June 28 - July 4, and July 5 - July 11

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 1, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Program Type


RPA certified



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.

Comprehensive electronic database: Food and Drink in Ancient Pompeii Codex

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

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.

$1,600 per week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Pompeii Food and Drink
12524 Knowledge Lane
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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