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

Location: Pompeii, Italy

June 24, 2011 to August 4, 2011

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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

Staff position required: please note, we are looking to fill just one position on the project, that of a 'Project Assistant'. This is primarily an administrative position working closely with the Director of the project. Essential is an ability to speak Italian (at least well) and a willingnes to drive (stick/manual). This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to work at an upper administrative level, and 'behind-the-scenes', on an important, highly publicized and well-funded research project. Interviews (via Skype) will be ongoing until the position is filled. Send by email to Steven Ellis ( a letter of interest along with the names/emails of three referees.

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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