The Project

Latest Update: A nice 'mini-documentary' on our Project is now part of the new Fasti Online Series.  Full credit to the American Institute for Roman Culture and Fasti Online for the initiative.  Watch it here!

The National Geographic Series 'When Rome Ruled,' featuring PARP:PS and produced by Atlantic Productions is now on DVD.

Our work with data recording on iPads continues to get international attention.

The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS) is bringing to light a largely forgotten corner of ancient Pompeii that has great potential for enlightening Pompeian and Roman history. Through the full range of archaeological inquiry – archaeological excavations, structural and artefactual analyses, and geophysical surveys – we are revealing the dynamic structural and social history of an entire Pompeian neighborhood. The research area covers a working-class district (modest houses, shops, workshops, and hospitality outlets) that sat in the shadow of to the so-called 'entertainment district' - an area comprised of two theatres, a large public colonnaded courtyard (Quadriporticus), three temples, and a forum. Here was the social and cultural centre of Pompeii. This project thus presents a unique opportunity to examine the complex decisions involved in the planning, integration, and use of public and private space in the ancient city. The results are contributing to a more detailed and reasoned understanding of the roles that non-elites played in the shaping of an ancient city, and how these families responded to various Mediterranean-wide socio-economic developments.

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Insula VIII.7 Insula I.1 Necropolis & Gate Quadriporticus


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PARP:PS was established in 2005 as a co-directed (then with Gary Devore) excavation of insula VIII.7.1-15. Those excavations are now mostly complete, with the results leading to a forthcoming four-volume publication. The Project has since grown to include insula I.1 on the eastern side of the via Stabiana (excavations commenced in 2010), along with continued activities in the Porta Stabia itself and its necropolis. Further west, the Project now works with and alongside a new co-directed project between Eric Poehler and Steven Ellis (the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project). By linking all of these research activities through a centralized online database, the Project now has the unparalleled opportunity to integrate the stratified data spanning several centuries of history for a fundamentally important corner of Pompeii. This expansion of PARP:PS – both spatially and conceptually – represents something of a re-birth for the Project, facilitating a yet more comprehensive and detailed analysis of an entire Pompeian neighborhood.

PARP:PS is directed by Steven Ellis and principally funded by the Louise Taft Semple Fund through the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and in part by a Research and Exploration Grant of the National Geographic Society, and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship. The generous level of funding is unusual in Pompeian archaeology, ensuring that the research can be disseminated appropriately through academic publication, as well as through public outreach via the internet and television. For more information, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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