Thursday, 11 September 2014

English speaker in Vesuvian area wanted!

Are you a mother-tongue English speaker based in the Vesuvian area? I've been contacted by an Italian student who is looking for a conversation partner to help improve his English - he's willing to pay or to offer Italian conversation in exchange. If you're interested, let me know and I can put you in touch. Thanks - Sarah (s.court[at]]

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Fears that corporate cash will lead to Disneyfication of Italy's cultural heritage?

According to this report, Italy’s kings of fashion are poised to give this nation’s crumbling monuments a makeover to restore them to their former glory, something the cash-strapped Italian government cannot do. 

They are throwing millions of euros toward desperately needed restorations in exchange for various sponsorship rights, helping spur one of the single-largest periods of archaeological and artistic renewal in modern Italian history. 

Read more at: The Archaeology News Network

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Open data Grande Progetto pompei

First seen on Archeomatica (an interesting site I didn't know):
Nell'interesse della trasparenza e dell'efficienza amministrativa, la Direzione Generale del Grande Progetto Pompei intraprende la strada degli open data. 
More informations, data and maps there.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Superintendent Osanna to speak in Munich

Of interest to our colleagues in the Munich area! — Steph

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
ich möchte Sie hiermit sehr herzlich zu einem öffentlichen Abendvortrag des Prof. Dr. Massimo Osanna, des Soprintendente von Pompeji, zum Thema "Pompeji zur Zeit des 'Grande Progetto Pompei' - laufende Arbeiten und Perspektiven" einladen.

Der Vortrag wird am Montag, den 15. September, am Lehrstuhl für Restaurierung, Kunsttechnologie und Konservierungswissenschaft der TU München stattfinden.

Alle notwendigen Informationen bezüglich des Vortrages finden Sie in der Einladung, die ich Ihnen im Anhang dieser Email sende.

Für Rückfragen stehe ich Ihnen natürlich jederzeit gerne zur Verfügung,

Anna Anguissola


Dr. Anna Anguissola
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Graduate School Distant Worlds
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

30 New Pompeii employees 

10 buildings reopened from 4th August

Good news from the Soprintendenza web site:

Thanks to the agreement signed between the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia and  la società ALES spa, from August 4th, thirty new employees take service at the archaeological site of Pompeii in activities to support the use of domus and buildings until now closed due to the insufficient number of guards.

The new employees will ensure the opening to the public from 8.30 am to 19.00 the following buildings:

Termopolio di Vetutio Placido
Casa dei Ceii
Casa del Larario di Achille
Casa di Marco Lucrezio FrontoneREGIO V
Casa dell'Ara Massima
Casa di Apollo
Terme Suburbane
Casa della Caccia Antica
Casa di CorneliaREGIO  VIII
Casa di Marco LucrezioREGIO  IX

Monday, 18 August 2014

Weird Stories from the Scavi #1

In case you missed one of the more weird stories from Pompeii I thought I would pass on this report of the 13th August from the Telegraph. While I, as I am sure we all do, feel a rush of euphoria, joy and excitement when privileged enough to visit the city it would appear for at least three visitors this year experimental archaeology took on a more salacious tone.

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