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Excavation

  • Via Sepolcri
  • Torre Annunziata
  • Oplontis
  • Italy
  • Campania
  • Naples
  • Torre Annunziata

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Credits

  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • We present the results of the Oplontis Project’s first two seasons of field work. The Oplontis Project is conducting a systematic study of Villa A at Oplontis (Torre Annuzianta, Italy). Although numerous articles and guide books have been published on the villa since its initial excavation (1964-1980), to date no comprehensive publication has appeared. The Oplontis Project seeks to provide the first full publication of the villa. This study considers construction history, social function, material culture, and ensembles of decoration. The project addresses several questions raised by the remains of the villa: 1) what is the exact chronology of the villa, and how did its appearance change over its history? 2) Did this villa have direct access to the sea, and if so, was it built on an artificial platform, or did it take advantage of the natural topography? 3) Was this complex always used as a villa, or did its function change during its later history? 4) How were the villa’s spaces used and experienced by its owner(s), invited guests, clients, freepersons, and slaves? The team completed an initial season of study in January and May of 2005 and conducted a full season of work in May and June of 2006. This initial fieldwork, which included excavation, masonry analysis, and a comprehensive wall painting study, has discovered new evidence for the history of villa’s construction and decoration. (J.R. Clarke, M. Thomas)

  • John R. Clarke - University of Texas at Austin 
  • Michael L. Thomas - University of Texas at Austin 

Director

  • John R. Clarke - University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael L. Thomas - University of Texas at Austin

Team

  • A. Bartels
  • F. Bellagamba
  • I. Van Der Graaf
  • Jess Galloway - Principal, Booziotis & Company Architects
  • M. Larvey
  • John R. Clarke - University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael L. Thomas - University of Texas at Austin

Research Body

  • The University of Texas at Austin

Funding Body

  • The Oplontis Project, Department of Art and Art History

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