The Apolline Project is first and foremost an open research group. While Suor Orsola University and Federico II University in Naples formally act as hosting institutions, the Project was founded with the idea that it would be open to all Universities who can profitably contribute to the Project’s goals. For example, the Project Director is associated with the University of Oxford rather than any of the Neapolitan Universities. The Project started as a partnership with Brigham Young University in America and now includes among its associates, Dr. Annalisa Marzano (University of Reading) and Dr. Robyn Veal (University of Cambridge). We encourage an open partnership with individual scholars and institutions who request participation. They can conduct studies on previous or current excavations, or start on a new site in the region where permission has already been granted.
The Apolline Project primarily investigates the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola in the northern region of Vesuvius in an attempt to increase collective understanding of the interactions that took place across this region, with the southern regions which include Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as extending into other areas of the Empire through trade patterns. Due to the volcanic activity in the area, there are often extraordinary levels of preservation; even including types of bioarchaeological data.
The research is multidisciplinary and includes studies in volcanology, osteology, palaeobotany, pottery, and archaeozoology just to name a few. We regularly publish our findings from the multiple sites that have already been excavated. We are particularly interested in scholars and institutions who wish to further develop new aspects of research that have not yet been explored, or which we have only partially researched. Some examples of this include ground-penetrating radar, new ways of recording/visualizing data, a complete analysis of epigraphical evidence, etc. We are always open to new ideas.
The Apolline Project is a combined network of many different scholars, institutions, and ideas. The Director collaborates with researchers to decide on areas of study within the region which will further benefit the goals of the Project, but researchers have complete autonomy to publish their results independently.
If this sounds like a Project you or your institutions would be interested in collaborating with, please contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trips to discuss ideas in person are encouraged.