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The Ancient Bay of Naples

Ivo van der Graaff, Research Associate 2015 – 2016

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Nocera Gate, Pompeii. Author photograph

In the last year my work on the Oplontis Project has continued, building on another successful field season. We were able to detect three distinct phases of development for a wine emporium spanning some 230 years before the eruption of Vesuvius. I have signed a book contract with Routledge to produce a volume detailing the role of the fortifications of Pompeii in the history of the city. I will pay particular attention to their development as a dynamic monument shaping the urban and social layout of the city, as opposed to the traditional perception of a static military structure.

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