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University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
John Clarke (Project Director: November 2007 to February 2011)

Collaborative Research
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$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 7/31/2010

The Oplontis Project: Excavation, Study, and Publication of Villa A at Torre Annunziata, Italy, 50 BCE-CE 79

Analysis, mapping, interpretation, and preparation for publication of archaeological finds at the Roman villa of Oplontis, including a digital reconstruction of the building. (18 months)
eBook available at;idno=heb90048.0001.001

The Oplontis Project, a collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin and the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii, has as its goal the study and definitive publication of the largest and best-preserved villa excavated in the area buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. It is an international, interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding the villa's history in relation to its owners and inhabitants through stratigraphic excavation, chronological tools (analysis of masonry, pavements, and frescoes), and digital modeling. It will provide a multi-authored monograph on the villa and its finds; a complete digital archive of records, photographs, and previous scholarship all linked to a navigable virtual computer model of the existing state of the site; and a meticulously-researched hypothetical reconstruction of the villa and its contents. The model will be the first to permit research with avatars, testing the social and functional uses of the villa's spaces.