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Current and Recent Projects

The Via dell'Abbondanza Project
This project has been established to accurately record the building frontages of the structures on the 900 meter-long Via dell’Abbondanza and is being conducted under the auspices of the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei. State-of-the-art surveying, photographic and computer equipment are used to create photomosaics that document the current condition of the structures.

Pompeii Food and Drink

The research goal is to analyze the patterns of daily life by a non-invasive study of the structures that are associated with the storage, distribution, preparation, serving, and consumption of food and drink.

Pompeii - Insula I.IX Research of the British School in Rome
Most of the excavation of this block of houses (Reg I, Ins 9) was completed in 1951-1952. Since the 1990s it has been the subject of a research project by The British School at Rome. This site showcases just a few aspects of the project, including 360-degree Quicktime VR panoramas and objects, 3D modelling, reconstructions and artwork.

The Swedish Pompeii Project, Reg V, Ins 1
The Swedish Pompeii Project started in 2000 as a fieldwork initiated from the Swedish Institute in Rome. The aim is to record and analyse a full Pompeian city-block, Reg V, Ins 1.

Via Consolare Project
The aim of the project is to document, interconnect, and interpret the detailed stratigraphic and chronological record of the properties along the entire length of the via Consolare, thereby providing answers to some of the longest held questions about the history and course of development of the ancient city of Pompeii, its early urban layout, and the changing character of its suburbs.

The Pompeii Project of the University of Helsinki - Reg IX, Ins 3.
The main goal is to document the standing structures – walls, floors, paintings etc. – with modern archaeological methods and through this study to understand the building history of the insula as wells as how it was used through time. In addition to the documentation, small scale archaeological excavations are conducted below the AD 79 floor levels. These areas will hopefully shed light on the earlier stages of the insula. For a virtual walkthrough of the house visit

Research on the Forum of Pompeii
Since its conception in 2002, the project initially focussed on a stone-by-stone documentation of the square in order to provide a basis for the formulation of further research questions. In addition to this first stage, the project has since been extended to include a study of honorific arches in and around the forum, as well as excavations in the southern colonnade and the so-called civic buildings to the south of the forum.

Herculaneum Conservation Project
The overall aim of the Herculaneum Conservation Project (HCP) is to support the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei (SAP), to safeguard and conserve, to enhance, and to advance the knowledge, understanding and public appreciation of the ancient site of Herculaneum and its artefacts.

Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia
The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia is bringing to light a largely forgotten corner of ancient Pompeii that has unparalleled potential for enlightening Pompeian and Roman history. Through the full range of archaeological inquiry, this project is revealing the dynamic structural and social history of an entire city block of Pompeii. Research papers based on the project are included here as Appendices B, D, G and E of the Bibliography.

Progetto Villa Imperiale di Pompei
Due to the poor state of of preservation of the Villa Imperiale at the Marina Gate,
the VIMP project was set up to be able to guarantee a permanent conservation of the extremely important Villa Imperiale in cooperation with the archaeologists.

Restoring Ancient Stabiae
Restoring Ancient Stabiae is a nonprofit foundation (fondazione onlus) constituted in 2001 for the stated purpose of  'the creation and management of the Archaeological Park of ancient Stabiae in the archaeological zone of Varano', located in the modern towns of Castellammare di Stabia and Gragnano.

The Oplontis Project

The Oplontis Project’s mission is to conduct a multidisciplinary and systematic study of Villa A (Villa di Poppaea) at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Italy).  Under the direction of John R. Clarke and Michael L. Thomas of the University of Texas at Austin, and in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei, an international team of scholars will partner to produce the definitive monograph on the villa. This publication, in both digital and print formats, will be accompanied by a fully navigable 3-D model and a comprehensive database.

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