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Michael Anderson, PhD (Cantab.)
Project Director

Associate Professor
Department of Classics
San Francisco State University
USA

Michael completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Cambridge in Classical Archaeology. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Classics at San Francisco State University, teaching courses in Roman Archaeology, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and the Classics in Film. He has worked in Pompeii since 1996 and his research interests include Roman domestic architecture, Urbanism in the ancient world, Egyptian epigraphy, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and computer applications in archaeology.

Claire Weiss
Project Coordinator

Department of Art History
University of Virginia
USA

Claire is currently a PhD student in the History of Art Department at the University of Virginia. She received a Masters in Archaeology with distinction from University College London Institute of Archaeology in 2007 and a BA from Swarthmore College in 2003. She has worked and supervised field excavation in Pompeii since 2001, and has worked in CRM excavation in the United States. Her own research within the ancient city utilizes Geographical Information Systems to analyze Pompeian sidewalks. In addition to her work with the VCP, Claire is also involved with post-processing and finalisation with the former excavations of the University of Bradford.

Vincenzo Sabini
Assistente Tecnico Scientifico


Soprintendenza
archeologica di Pompei
Italy


Vincenzo Sabini has collaborated with many international projects working at sites in Campania and today ranges in his work from Pompeii to Stabia, sharing his passion for research in the ancient sites and considerable knowledge of the cities, including great familiarity with previous scholarship. He also helps to forge connections between current projects, contributing significantly to the progress of on-going research at the site. Since 2012 he has overseen our excavation, ensuring safety and site preservation, as well as assisting in our research overall.

Giuseppe Di Martino
Assistente Tecnico Scientifico


Soprintendenza
archeologica di Pompei
Italy

Guiseppe Di Martino has collaborated with numerous projects of university sponsored research within the ancient city. He has collaborated on several testi di laurea in architecture for la Universidad de Alicante, the University of Cincinnati, Stanford University, the Università "Suor Orsola" di Napoli, la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut as well as regularly working with the Via Consolare Project. We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our team.

Amy Bower


Intern
Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Italy

Amy is currently an MA student in the History of Art and the Art Market with Christie’s Education, London and the University of Glasgow. She received her BA in Art History and Archaeology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 2011. She has participated in and supervised archaeological excavation and artifact analysis for the Rhodes Archaeology Field School at the Ames Plantation in Fayette County Tennessee since 2009 and has worked with the Via Consolare Project since 2010. Her interests include Roman wall painting, conservation, and ethics in the art market.

Caitlin Callahan


Department of Classics
San Francisco State University
USA

Caitlin graduated from the San Francisco State University Department of Classics in 2011 with a degree in Classical Archaeology and plans to pursue a Masters in Roman archaeology in order to satisfy her broad-ranging interests in the whole Roman period. Having excavated with the Via Consolare Project 2009, she returned to continue her studies in 2012.

Matt Fittock


Department of Archaeology
University of Reading
UK

Matt joined the team in 2012 and is pursuing an MA in Archaeology at the University of Reading, where his dissertation examines pipe-clay figurines from Roman London. Having previously dug at Silchester, his main interests lie in aspects of Roman urbanism, provincial/frontier identity studies, and how these may be investigated through the study of material culture.

Megan Gorman


Department of Classics
Boulder, Colorado
USA

Megan received her MA in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2010 and is currently teaching Latin. She graduated with a BA in History and Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has worked in Pompeii since 2005. She is currently researching the relationship between mosaic floors and wall paintings in the entranceways of houses in Pompeii, Ostia and Herculaneum. Her interests include the changing uses of urban space, Pompeian archaeology, and mosaics.

Daniel Jackson


Institute for Archaeology and Antiquity
University of Birmingham
UK

Dan finished his BSc at Bradford in Archaeological Science. He has conducted and supervised archaeological excavation at Pompeii since 2004 and currently works in the UK on National Heritage excavations. His research aims to provide a better understanding of ancient urban spaces and the varied uses to which the urban environment could be put in antiquity. He specialises in archaeological survey and stratigraphic interpretation.

Richard Hobbs
Numismatist


Co-Curator of Roman Britain
British Museum
UK

Richard Hobbs is Co-Curator of Roman Britain at the British Musuem. He is also a specialist in the identification, study and analysis of ancient coins, with over fifteen years of experience in Pompeii alone in addition to his previous work. Having now brought the entire assemblage of coins produced by the University of Bradford's excavations in Insula VI 1 to publication, he has worked with the Via Consolare Project's coins since 2007, adding our data to his valuable and innovative study of Pompeian local minting, immitation, forgery, and the production and use of small-change.

Simon Hunt
Geologist


University College
London
UK

Since completing his PhD in Geology from University College London, Simon has held post-doctoral fellowships in the United States and the UK, and conducted research across the globe. Since 2011, he has contributed his geological knowledge towards a more scientific examination of the natural and early soils recovered in the deepest parts of our excavations.

Victoria Keitel
Pottery Specialist

Department of Classics
University of Reading
UK

Victoria is the Ure Museum PhD student in the Classics Department at the University of Reading. She received her Master's in Archaeology with distinction from the University of Reading in 2012 and a BA in History from UCLA in 2007. She has worked on the pottery excavated by the Via Consolare Project since 2009 and presented on her statistical analysis of Pompeian commercial ceramic assemblages at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America . Victoria is also investigating ceramic building material supply trends in Pompeii. Her PhD topic concerns analysing the influence of empire on Greek pottery forms. In addition to her work with the VCP, Victoria is also involved with post-processing pottery from Insula VI 1.

Charlene Murphy
Ecofact Specialist

Director of Archaeology
Cataraqui Archaeological
Research Foundation
Canada

Charlene is a specialist in the recovery and study of ecofactual remains, with specialisation in carbonised and mineralised seeds, having gained her PhD in archaeobotany from University College London (UCL). She has wide experience in Pompeii, having been involved in the study of ecofacts there for over six years. She is currently the Director of Archaeology with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, and has worked with the Via Consolare Project in the analysis of ecofactual materials recovered during excavation since 2006.

Stephanie Pearson


History of Art Department
University of California, Berkeley
USA

Stephanie is currently a PhD student in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked with the Via Consolare Project since 2008. At the 2011 Anual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, she co-chaired a session on Roman wall painting. She recently completed MA in Art History at Berkeley, having previously earned her BA from the same institution. Her research interests include ancient Roman domestic space, painting, and sculpture as well as the Etruscan and Italic populations prior to Roman conquest.

Erin Pitt


AHMA Program
University of California, Berkeley
USA

Erin is currently a PhD student in the group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California Berkeley. She completed her MA in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to field work in Tuscany and Rome, she has worked in Pompeii since 2008. Her research interests focus upon urbanization and the interaction between industrial and domestic space throughout the Roman empire as well as the archaeology of non-elites, numismatics, and technological applications in archaeology.

Christy Schirmer


Department of Classics
San Francisco State University
USA

Christy is currently working towards an MA in the Department of Classics (Specialisation: Classical Archaeology) at San Francisco State University. She has worked with the Project since 2011, and has additional field experience from Capena, Lazio. Her research interests centre upon the study of Roman bars and restaurants, the food and clientele they served, the diet and lifestyle of non-elites in the Roman world, and the modern misinterpretation of much of the surviving data about these groups.

Robyn Veal
Environmental Specialist


McDonald Institute for
Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge
UK

Robyn Veal is an internationally recoginized specialist in the identification, study, and analysis of ancient carbonized wood and ancient ecofacts who is involved with many archaeological projects in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. She is skilled in numerous methods of analysis, having gained broad training both in archaeological excavation at Pompeii and during her PhD at the University of Sydney. She has worked closely with the Via Consolare Project in the recovery and study of carbonized ecofactual remains since 2007.

Briece Edwards
Excavation Consultant

USA

Between 2005 and 2010 Briece was a co-director of the Project, and he continues to work as a consultant in excavation and archaeological science. He has sixteen years of experience excavating in ancient Pompeii and his research insterests centre upon the formation processes of urban sites in general and in Pompeii and South Asia in particular, post excavation analysis, publication, public outreach, and the science of stratigraphic excavation.

Giulia Malafronte
Architetto

Roma
Italy

Giulia has worked with the Via Consolare Project since 2009 in creating and maintaining our 'Piano di Sicurezza/Health and Safety Plan' for conducting archaeological work within our research areas safely in accordance with Italian laws.

Gianfranco Morelli
Geophysics Expert

Geoastier S.r.l.
Livorno, Italy


Gianfranco manages a professional firm specialising in archaeological prospecting and geophysical analysis. Through cooperation with his team of specialists the Project has undertaken two successful campaigns of geophysical research in Pompeii.

Federico Fischanger
Geophysics Specialist

Geoastier S.r.l.
Livorno, Italy


For two years Federico has provided the Project with his detailed expertise in Electrical Resistive Tomography and overseen geophysical research in the field as well as contributing to its post-season analysis and interpretation throughout the year.

Alessio Pacchini
Geophysics Specialist

Geoastier S.r.l.
Livorno, Italy


Alessio provided his expertise in magnetometry to the Project during the 2007 field season and has been vital to the interpretation of its findings.

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