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The Environmental Archaeology Program of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia

Location: Pompei, Italy

July 4, 2011 to August 3, 2011

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon parpps_enviro_team_announcement_2011.pdf

Program Type


RPA certified



University of Cincinnati

Project Director:

Emily Holt, Head of Environmental Archaeology (University of Michigan); Steven Ellis, Project Director (University of Cincinnati)

Project Description

The goal of the Environmental Archaeology Program of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia is to understand the role animals and plants played in the economy and society of ancient Pompeii. The ecofactual data we collect is resulting in important publications on Roman socio-economic satus, diet, and health.

As a team member, you will engage in a variety of data collection processes including flotation, sorting heavy fractions, identifying and recording ecofacts, and processing faunal remains. Those with a particular interest and/or previous experience in environmental archaeology (either field work or lab work) are particularly encouraged to apply. However, there will be on-site instruction and the application process is open to graduate students (or advanced, ambitious undergraduates) without previous experience in environmental archaeology.

The program runs from Monday, July 4 to Wednesday, August 3. Because of the extraordinary funding awarded to the project, there is no participation fee for the program; however, membersof the Environmental Archaeology Program will be resposnible for their own travel to and from Pompeii as well as accommodations and living expenses. Accommodations will be aranged by the project. Adequate health insurance that coves expenses abroad is a condition of participation and you will be asked to provide us with the relevant emergency contact information before your arrival in Italy.

To apply, please email a cover letter and cv to:

Emily Holt, Head of Environmental Archaeology
Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia

You should also ask one person who can provide an academic reference to email a letter of recommendation to the above address.

Your cover letter should be no more than one page and describe your previous archaeological experience, any special skills of training you have that are relevant to the project, and what you hope to gain by participating in the PARP:PS Environmental Archaeology Program. Please write "PARP:PS Environmental Archaeology Application" in the email subject field and send all materials as attached .doc or .pdf files.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Period

Environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, laboratory analysis, Pompeii

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire project

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Completion of a field school and experience or coursework in environmental archaeology are encouraged but not required.

Room and Board Arrangements

Accomodations are in shared rooms in an apartment with cooking facilities. Participants are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner during the work week, as well as all meals on weekends. Lunches are provided during the work week.

Approximately $220 per week plus food

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Emily Holt
Museum of Anthropology, 1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor