Wednesday, 14 March 2018

SpaceLaw project is hiring post-docs and doctoral students!

Kaius Tuori, who has directed the Public and Private in the Roman House project during the last few years, has a new project investigating the uses of public and private space in the Roman administration.

The new SpaceLaw project (Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition,, funded by the ERC, is hiring

1. two post-docs for three years, and

2. two doctoral students for four years

to investigate the spaces of Roman Republicanism at the University of Helsinki! Ancient historians, archaeologists, legal historians, Roman lawyers and the like are strongly encouraged to apply.
Here are the ads (with a more detailed description of the project):

The deadline is 15.4.

N.B. Feel free to spread the word!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Crowdfunding Campaign for the Ancient Graffiti Project

The Friends of Herculaneum Society is sponsoring a crowdfunding campaign in support of the wonderful Ancient Graffiti Project ( We're aiming to raise £13000 by 19 March to enable undergraduates from both sides of the ocean to go the Herculaneum this summer and participate in the collecting and publishing of the graffiti. One of the great things about this project is that the students are equal participants with academic staff in doing the research. They learn great skills and get super experience for the future. The Friends are matching the first £5000 of donations pound for pound so your donation is doubled. Please go to and find out more. Consider making a donation - crowdfunding depends on lots of people pitching in - and also do please spread the word on your own network. American donors can contribute to the American Friends of Herculaneum website ( rather than donating through Hubbub, and get the tax deduction in the US. Grazie mille!
Bob Fowler for the Friends of Herculaneum

Friday, 15 September 2017

New publication: Ercolano 1927-1961. L’impresa archeologica di Amedeo Maiuri 
This volume is published in time to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the launch of excavations at Herculaneum by Amedeo Maiuri. Thanks to the Herculaneum Conservation Project which has been studying and conserving the archaeological site for over a decade, the authors have come into daily contact with the results of Maiuri' s extraordinary legacy of excavation and restoration that he carried out from 1927 to 1961. His ambitious dream to uncover the ancient Roman city was fulfilled by organizing every step of site works from excavation to restoration efficiently, through to the on-site display of the most significant finds. In this way the site became a sort of open-air museum in which the artefacts were contextualised; not just works of ancient art but mainly those finds which illustrated daily life in the past. Unfortunately, over the years as visitor numbers increased so did the risk of theft and damage to the objects, leading over time to their removal to storerooms. Maiuri' s innovative experiment to make Herculaneum an open-air museum was gradually forgotten.
The first part of the volume, by Domenico Camardo and Mario Notomista, follows the personal and professional life of Amedeo Maiuri, from his early experiences in Greece through to his return to Naples as superintendent, when he turned his attention to Herculaneum. There then follows a contribution by Paola Pesaresi who reconstructs how he organized his site works and discusses his restoration methodology at Herculaneum. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill' s chapter explores instead Maiuri' s extraordinary abilities as an advocate for Herculaneum, raising awareness of its significance among the general public. Massimo Osanna also focuses on Maiuri' s abilities as a communicator, but this time through the series of displays he set up within the archaeological spaces at Pompeii and Herculaneum. In the third part of the volume, the editors provide a full catalogue of the on-site displays that Maiuri created at Herculaneum, well illustrated with plans and archive images. The volume then finales with an extraordinary selection of over 130 archive photographs, most of them previously unpublished, that allow the reader greater understanding of Amedeo Maiuri' s major archaeological venture at Herculaneum.
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