Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Apolline Project

The following was seen recently posted:

Call for participants - Study and Dig with the Apolline Project on the Slopes of Mt. Vesuvius

 Winter, spring and summer intensive one- and two-week courses offered in specialized areas of archaeological research, in addition to summer fieldwork opportunities.

The Apolline Project is an open research network, which sheds light on the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of Mt. Vesuvius, in the Bay of Naples. The project has run actively since 2004 and has several components, with current major work focusing on a Medieval church and a Roman villa with baths buried by the volcanoclastic debris of Vesuvius.

 The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its winter, spring, and summer lab courses as well as its summer 2014 field season. Offered lab courses include: human osteology, pottery, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, Roman architecture and Roman marble. Selected participants will have the opportunity to spend additional time before and after their chosen program(s) at the project’s accommodations at no additional charge in order to better explore the region.

 For further information, including course descriptions and fieldwork opportunities, visit:

Further information is available at info@apollineproject.org.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Herculaneum by starlight

A new way to visit our favorite ancient site -- under the stars.

This post by Krystyna Cech is worth looking into.

Experience a night tour of Herculaneum! Every Saturday from September 7 
to November 2, 2013, except September 29, 2013.

Hours: from 8:30 pm
 to 10:00 pm with tours every 30 minutes
from Saturday, September 7
 9:30 pm tours in English by appointment only*
Duration of the tour: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Prices: standard ticket € 12.00 – family package
 (2 adults + 2 children up to 18 years of age): € 30.00
The ticket is also valid on the following day for 1 free entry to the Virtual Archaeological Museum


If you wish to have a tour in English you need to book: sales@costadelvesuvio.it/en

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pompeii (and Herculaneum) LIVE worldwide

The British Museum's rousing success with the summer-long exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum is scheduled to end at Great Russell Street in a couple of weeks. Those fortunate enough to have seen it will likely not soon forget it. But travel to London ... Well, a remarkable opportunity has come for a worldwide audience to take in a special live cinematic visit to the exhibition in the comfort of their own local cineplex.

For instance: on an evening in September I could view the London exhibit at a 16-screen cinema complex about 40 miles from my home. There will be learned commentary and educational enhancement, to boot. Visit the website to determine when and where you can view this broadcast.
The British Museum shares its tremendous exhibit in cinemas worldwide.

It's billed as the first live cinema event produced by the British Museum from a major exhibition.
Check out the webpage for the British Museum's broadcast program, Pompeii Live... and tell your friends. That URL: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/pompeii_and_herculaneum/pompeii_live.aspx

The exhibition is really quite remarkable. One might fairly anticipate this innovative add-on will also prove so.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

British Museum Spring Events

The Friends of Herculaneum have posted this amazing listing of springtime events pertaining to Herculaneum, Vesuvian Campania, and the Classical World. All venues are at the British Museum.
As usual, AFoH members receive admissions and discounts at all activities listed for "members".
Pursue the links for complete information.

Friday 3 May
Vesuvius: a volcano, its history and legacyBook now/£5 /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Saturday 4 May
Excavating the ancient sewers of HerculaneumBook now/ Free /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 7 May
Glass of the Caesars: Roman cameos and luxury glass
Free /Gallery talk / Room 70
Friday 10 May
Up late in Pompeii: a night out in the Bay of Naples
Free /Special event / British Museum
Sex in Pompeii and HerculaneumBook now/ Free /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Saturday 11 May
The Last Days of Pompeii (Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei)Book now/ Free /Film / BP Lecture Theatre
Friday 17 May
How to read a Latin poemBook now/£5 /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Saturday 18 May
Latin from scratch workshopBook now/£15 /Workshop / Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Sunday 19 May
Roman dining
£12 /Young Friends / Clore Education Centre
Wednesday 22 May
Pompeii, Herculaneum and Neoclassicism
Free /Gallery talk / Room 47
Thursday 23 May
The wall-paintings of Pompeii and HerculaneumBook now/ Free /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Friday 24 May
Pompeii and Herculaneum: curator's introductionBook now/ Free /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Bodies of Pompeii and HerculaneumBook now/£5 /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Monday 27 May
Villas, vines and volcanoes
Free /Half-term activity / Great Court
Animals in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Free /Half-term activity / BP Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 28 May
Villas, vines and volcanoes
Free /Half-term activity / Great Court
Wednesday 29 May
Villas, vines and volcanoes
Free /Half-term activity / Great Court
Thursday 30 May
Villas, vines and volcanoes
Free /Half-term activity / Great Court
Friday 31 May
Villas, vines and volcanoes
Free /Half-term activity / Great Court
Children in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Free /Half-term activity / BP Lecture Theatre
New discoveries at HerculaneumBook now/£5 /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre

Saturday 1 June
'Disaster in the loveliest of lands': readings from Pompeii and HerculaneumBook now/ Free /Performance / Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Monday 3 June
Pompeii brought back to life? Some puzzles of the Roman city
£0 /Members' lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Monday 10 June
Pompeii and Herculaneum: curator's introductionBook now/ Free /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Thursday 13 June
Life and death in Roman Britain
Free /Gallery talk / Room 49
Thursday 13 June
Friday 14 June
Does Latin have a future?Book now/£5 /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Saturday 15 June
Roman fresco painting workshop
£35 /Workshop / Sackler Rooms

Tuesday 2 July
Britain during the last days of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Free /Gallery talk / Room 49
Friday 5 July
'Meanwhile, in Britain...': women under the Roman EmpireBook now/ Free /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre
Saturday 6 July
Pompeii: The Last DayBook now/ Free /Film / Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Thursday 11 July

Pompeii and Herculaneum: curator's introduction
Book now/ Free /Lecture / Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Friday 12 July
Fictionalising PompeiiBook now/£5 /Lecture / BP Lecture Theatre

Thanks to Krystyna Cech for compiling the list.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Friends events at the British Museum

The Friends of Herculaneum are pleased to announce a series of lectures that will accompany the upcoming British Museum exhibition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum (click) 28 March - 29 September. Because AFoH membership offers reciprocal benefits with the UK Friends, American members are able to claim discounted admission to all events listed below.

The 31 May lecture is sponsored specifically by the Friends of Herculaneum. Some details are still under discussion - ticketing arrangements, the possibility of an associated tour - but we wanted to communicate the date to you so you could put it in your diaries. The lecture is one of a series of four:

Vesuvius: a volcano, its history and legacy.
BP Lecture Theatre
Friday 3 May, 18.30
Three leading experts discuss one of the world's most famous volcanoes: Prof Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo (The Vesuvius Observatory); Prof Iain Stewart, (University of Plymouth and prime contributor to the BBC TV series, Volcano); Dr Clive Oppenheimer (University of Cambridge, author of Explosions that shook the world).   
They discuss the context of Vesuvius' explosion in AD79, looking at previous eruptions, the effect the AD79 explosion had on nearby settlements and the lessons the area has learnt as a consequence.   Q&A chaired by Prof Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, who also shares his findings on the effect of earth movements on the built environment of Herculaneum.
       £5, Members/concessions £3

Bodies of Pompeii and Herculaneum
BP Lecture Theatre
Friday 24 May, 18.30
Archaeologist and social anthropologist, Dr Estelle Lazer, (University of Sydney), has worked extensively excavating and interpreting the human remains that survive at Pompeii and Herculaneum.   She explores what these bones tell us about life and death in this area in AD79, across the social spectrum.
  An evening hosted by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. £5, Members/concessions £3

**New discoveries at Herculaneum**
BP Lecture Theatre
Friday 31 May, 18.30
Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, author of Herculaneum: Past and Future (2011), discusses the amazing new discoveries resulting from his experience of working with the Herculaneum Conservation Project, considering how they illuminate our understanding of life in this once vibrant town on the Bay of Naples.
   *Event run in association with the Friends of Herculaneum.
£5, Members/concessions £3

Fictionalising Pompeii
BP Lecture Theatre
Friday 12 July, 18.30
Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, author of the famous series of 20 novels relating to the Roman "detective" Marcus Didius Falco, speaks on the attraction, considerations and processes of writing so vividly on life in the Roman World, particularly on Pompeii, a story to which we all know the end.
   Lecture followed by book-signing by the author.
  Event introduced by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.
£5, Members/concessions £3

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Carol Mattusch new president of AFoH

Carol Mattusch was elected president of the American Friends of Herculaneum at last week's annual board meeting. She replaces founding president Ann Kuttner who will continue to serve the organization as a member of the governing board.

Prof. Mattusch is Mathy Professor of Art History at George Mason University. She has curated recent, important exhibits on Herculaneum and Vesuvian culture at the National Gallery of Art and (with board member Ken Lapatin) at the Getty and the LA County Museum of Art. She has served in numerous positions in the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and in the Archaeological Institute of America. Her publications on Greek bronzes and Vesuvian art history have won significant book awards.  

C. Mattusch, center right, accompanies former Italian Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi, National Gallery Director
E.A. Powell, and former First Lady Laura Bush through
the Pompeii exhibit she curated in 2008.  —Photo from Coates et al, edd,
The Last Days of Pompeii: decadence, apocalypse, resurrection (Malibu, 2012).
Most recently, she published Johann Joachim Winckel-
mann: Letter and Report: Antiquities, Archaeology, and Politics in 18th-Century Naples (Malibu, 2011.  Of her several other books especially the two on Vesuvian studies,  Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples (Washington DC, 2008)  and The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of  a Sculpture Collection (Malibu, 2005), are already in the hands of all serious students of Herculaneum.

Prof. Mattusch has a long-standing involvement with the Friends of Herculaneum. Before her election, she was a founding member of the Board. She was a headliner speaker on "How the Villa dei Papiri wrote the History of Ancient Art" at the 2006 UK Friends of Herculaneum colloquium held at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in London. And her report on the National Gallery exhibit she curated appeared in issue 12 of Herculaneum Archaeology: the Friends' newsletter.

Friends of Herculaneum will look for exciting advances in AFoH under Prof. Mattusch's leadership.

 — RTM