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Apolline Project
Pollena Trocchia, Naples/Italy (2009- present). Roman site.
Roman bath complex currently believed to form part of a larger villa. Ten rooms have been discovered on two storeys,
of which eight have been excavated. The complex, possibly dating to the end of the 1st or beginning of the 2nd century AD, is an interesting case study to investigate the development of the territory after the AD 79 Vesuvian eruption (the so called Pompeian Eruption), as well as the devastating effects of the AD 472 eruption. In 2011, the project was awarded the European Archaeological Heritage Prize.

Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa
Amheida Project
Amheida/Egypt (2008). Pharaonic to Late Antique site.
Collaborating with other participating groups in the Dakhleh Oasis Project, the project investigates the ancient city of Amheida,
known as Trimithis in the Roman period. The excavations focus on three areas: a centrally located upper-class 4th century house with wall paintings, an adjoining school, and underlying remains of a Roman bath complex; another, more modest, house of the 3rd century; and the temple hill with remains of the Temple of Thoth.

Columbia University (Since 2008 New York University is the primary sponsoring institution)
Post Aedem Castoris Project
Rome/Italy (2005). Roman site.
The project investigated the interrelationship of commercial, religious and monumental space over time of an important commercial zone
known as Post Aedem Castoris in the Forum. The location is one of the central, high-rent shopping districts of the Forum, located between the Temple of Castor, one of the Forum's most prestigious and noteworthy temples, and the Oratory of the Forty Martyrs, the so-called ‘Domitianic Aula’, and along the Vicus Tuscus.

University of Oxford, Stanford University, and American Institute for Roman Culture.
Euesperides Project
Benghazi/Libya (2005). Archaic and Hellenistic site.
This excavation of a Greek colony in Libya, occupied from the 6th-3rd centuries BC, is a rare example of stratigraphic excavation of Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic mud-brick structures. Excavations focused on a large early Hellenistic building with a pebble and tesserae mosaic floor, on buildings adjoining the eastern defences of the city, and on the evidence for the production of purple dye from the murex shellfish.

University of Oxford, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and Gar Younis University.
Restoring Ancient Stabiae Project
Castellamare di Stabia/Italy (2001; 2002). Roman site.
A series of maritime villas built directly next to one another along the edge of a sea-cliff
were buried in the AD 79 Vesuvian eruption. This catastrophic event preserved much of these villas and their numerous rooms offering panoramic views on the Bay of Naples, private heated baths, gardens, colonnaded courtyards, and magnificent frescos. Restoring Ancient Stabiae Project focuses on Villa Arianna and Villa S. Marco; in the two seasons I worked with them we carried out geophysical survey at Villa Arianna, documented frescoes, and conducted archival research at the Soprintendenza Archeologica per Pompei ed Ercolano.

University of Maryland, Soprintendenza Archeologica per Pompei ed Ercolano, and Foundation Restoring Ancient Stabiae

Chianciano Terme
Siena/Italy (1995-2000). Roman site.
This site on the south slope of the hillside of Mezzomiglio consists of a coldwater spa with phases dating to the Etruscan and Roman periods (as early as the 2nd century BC). It fell into disuse in the 3rd century AD because of land slippage and the declining interest in cold bathing. The centre of the site was a pool, ca. 18 m in length, surrounded by colonnades on three sides. At the western edge of the pool a shrine honoured an unknown deity.

University of Arizona.

Siena/Italy (1993). Medieval site.
A series of aerial photographs produced for the Archaeological Map of Chianti Project revealed clear signs of structures within the Poggio Imperiale Fortification, designed by Giuliano da Sangallo for Lorenzo dei Medici.
It was known from written sources that the hill had been occupied before this Renaissance project started, but the excavation campaigns, of which the 1993 season was the first in order to assess the potential offered by the site for research, has revealed that occupation on the hill started at least seven centuries before what attested by the documentary evidence. After the completion of the archaeological investigations, in September 2003 the site has been opened to the public as the Poggibonsi Archaeological and Technological Park.

University of Siena.
Archaeological Map of Chianti
Chianti/Italy (1992)
Various seasons of field survey activities were led by the University of Siena in order to create an archaeological map of the Chianti region; the survey took place both in cultivated fields right after the ploughing season, and, on the basis of anomalies identified in aerial photographs, on hilltops characterised by a Mediterranean type of vegetation (macchia mediterranea).
University of Siena.
Massa Marittima
Grosseto/Italy (1989-1991). Etruscan site.
The excavations have unearthed an Etruscan settlement on the shores of Lago dell' Accesa. It was organised into distinct dwelling areas
- five of which have so far been discovered and excavated - each with its own necropolis. Human occupation started in the second half of 9th-8th century BC as an industrial settlement for the extraction of mineral deposits of silver, lead, ferrous metals and limited amounts of gold from the surrounding hills, and was abandoned in the late 6th century BC. Since no other later settlement disturbed these remains, the site has added much to our understanding of Etruscan daily life, production activities, and worship. After 3 decades, excavations still continue at the site, which was transformed into an archaeological park in 2001.

University of Florence.
Archaeological Laboratory
Florence/Italy (1988-1990)
University of Florence.