Vol. VIII, No. 1

May, 1996

Pompeii Forum Project Awarded NEH Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of Virginia's Pompeii Forum Project a three-year grant (1995-98) that consists of $45,000 in outright funds and a $50,000 matching grant; $8600 have already been raised toward the match.

Now in the early stages of phase two, the Pompeii Forum Project addresses issues presented by an already excavated city and brings together systematic methodology, advanced technology, and an interdisciplinary group of scholars to confront both specific Pompeian questions and more wide-ranging issues of ancient and later urbanism. The goals are to provide a systematic documentation of the architecture and decoration of the forum, to interpret evidence as it pertains to Pompeii's urban history, and to make wider contributions to both the history of urbanism and contemporary problems of urban design.

Toward these ends, classical archaeologists, computer specialists, an urban historian, and urban designers from the University of Virginia, CSA, and the University of Wisconsin have joined in collaboration. A report on the 1995 season will appear in a later Newsletter.

A sample of the research is available on the World Wide Web: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/pompeii/page-1.html

For further information or to contribute to the NEH match, please contact the Project Director, John J. Dobbins, McIntire Department of Art, Fayerweather Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (804-924-6128); e-mail: dobbins@virginia.edu.

For other Newsletter articles concerning Pompeii, consult the Subject index.

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