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Michael Anderson, PhD (Cantab.)
Project Director

Professor of Classical Archaeology
Department of Classics
San Francisco State University

Michael completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Cambridge in Classical Archaeology. He is a Professor of Classical Archaeology at San Francisco State University, teaching courses in Roman Archaeology, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and the Classics in Film. He has worked in Pompeii since 1996 and his research interests include Roman domestic architecture, Urbanism in the ancient world, Egyptian epigraphy, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and computer applications in archaeology.

Clare Anderson
Assistant Director

Department of History, Philosophy,
Religion and Classics
University of Queensland

Clare completed her BA in the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland in 2006. She has excavated and supervised in Pompeii since 2005 and is now a professional CRM archaeologist in Australia. Her interests centre upon the practice and sentiment behind ancient religion, Gegraphical Information Systems, the composition of urban environments in antiquity, and stratigraphic excavation.

Hugues-Alexandre Blain
Micro-vertebrate Specialist

Leader Palaeontology Unit
Institute of Human Paleoecology
and Social Evolution
Tarragona, Spain

Hugues is a specialist in the study of micro-vertebrate remains in archaeological an palaeontological contexts. He earned his PhD from the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN France), and currently leads palaeontological research in Tarragona, Spain. His involvment with the VCP focuses on the search for remains for little observed micro-vertebrates, such as snakes in the archaeological record, a project that he directs in collaboration with other projects of excavation throughout Italy.

Sadie Brown
Excavation Supervisor

Armstrong LLP

A recent graduate from Durham University where she read Classics and an Intern with the Via Consolare Project in 2017, Sadie is now a professional archaeologist working as a Site Assistant with Wardell Armstrong in cultural resource management. On the VCP, she acts as a trench supervisor, managing the day to day excavation of the trench, its recording, and preliminary interpretation. She also holds the distinction of having received the greatest number of nicknames of anyone else on the Project.

Rebecca Coman
Assistant Excavation Supervisor

Department of History
San Francisco State University

A recent graduate from the Department of History at San Francisco State, Rebecca plans to continue her education at the graduate level in the immediate future. A VCP Intern in 2017, she returned to the Project as an excavation supervisor in 2019 after a year's study in Germany. On the VCP, Rebecca first worked with Sadie in the supervision of trench excavation and recording, and in the last weeks of the 2019 field season, took on the full responsibilities of trench supervision herself.

Richard Hobbs

Co-Curator of Roman Britain
British Museum

Richard Hobbs is Co-Curator of Roman Britain at the British Musuem. He is also a specialist in the identification, study and analysis of ancient coins, with over fifteen years of experience in Pompeii alone in addition to his previous work. Having now brought the entire assemblage of coins produced by the University of Bradford's excavations in Insula VI 1 to publication, he has worked with the Via Consolare Project's coins since 2007, adding our data to his valuable and innovative study of Pompeian local minting, immitation, forgery, and the production and use of small-change.

Nick Maggio
Assistant Pottery Analyst

Department of Classics
San Francisco State University

A recent graduate of the Department of Classics at San Francisco State, Nick's primary interests lie in the study of material culture and particularly in pottery. He has therefore worked closely with pottery specialists Rebekka Valcke as an assistant specifically in the study of Roman ceramics since 2018, undertaking all of the tasks of ceramic analysis from sorting to analysis, while often also lending a vital hand in excavation or the management of finds processing.

Charlene Murphy
Ecofact Specialist

Director of Archaeology
Cataraqui Archaeological
Research Foundation

Charlene is a specialist in the recovery and study of ecofactual remains, with specialisation in carbonised and mineralised seeds, having gained her PhD in archaeobotany from University College London (UCL). She has wide experience in Pompeii, having been involved in the study of ecofacts there for over six years. She is currently the Director of Archaeology with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, and has worked with the Via Consolare Project in the analysis of ecofactual materials recovered during excavation since 2006.

Rebekka Valcke
Pottery Specialist

Department of History,
Classics, and Archaeology
University of London

Broadly experienced in archaeological supervision in Italy and Belgium, Rebekka has specialised in pottery since 2013 and in Pompeian ceramics since 2015. Her interests go beyond the classification and dating of pottery forms to include questions of the formulation of Roman identity at Pompeii, research that she is undertaking at the University of London, employing in part the assemblage produced by the VCP.

Robyn Veal
Environmental Specialist

McDonald Institute for
Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge

Robyn Veal is an internationally recoginized specialist in the identification, study, and analysis of ancient carbonized wood and ancient ecofacts who is involved with many archaeological projects in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. She is skilled in numerous methods of analysis, having gained broad training both in archaeological excavation at Pompeii and during her PhD at the University of Sydney. She has worked closely with the Via Consolare Project in the recovery and study of carbonized ecofactual remains since 2007.

Vincenzo Sabini
Assistente Tecnico Scientifico

archeologica di Pompei

Vincenzo Sabini has collaborated with many international projects working at sites in Campania and today ranges in his work from Pompeii to Stabia, sharing his passion for research in the ancient sites and considerable knowledge of the cities, including great familiarity with previous scholarship. He also helps to forge connections between current projects, contributing significantly to the progress of on-going research at the site. Since 2012 he has overseen our excavation, ensuring safety and site preservation, as well as assisting in our research overall.

Giuseppe Di Martino
Assistente Tecnico Scientifico

archeologica di Pompei

Emeritus Guiseppe Di Martino has collaborated with numerous projects of university sponsored research within the ancient city. He has collaborated on several testi di laurea in architecture for la Universidad de Alicante, the University of Cincinnati, Stanford University, the Università "Suor Orsola" di Napoli, la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut as well as regularly working with the Via Consolare Project. We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our team.

Giulia Malafronte


Giulia has worked with the Via Consolare Project since 2009 in creating and maintaining our 'Piano di Sicurezza/Health and Safety Plan' for conducting archaeological work within our research areas safely in accordance with Italian laws.

Simon Hunt

University College

Since completing his PhD in Geology from University College London, Simon has held post-doctoral fellowships in the United States and the UK, and conducted research across the globe. Since 2011, he has contributed his geological knowledge towards a more scientific examination of the natural and early soils recovered in the deepest parts of our excavations.

Briece Edwards
Excavation Consultant


Between 2005 and 2010 Briece was a co-director of the Project, and he continues to work as a consultant in excavation and archaeological science. He has sixteen years of experience excavating in ancient Pompeii and his research insterests centre upon the formation processes of urban sites in general and in Pompeii and South Asia in particular, post excavation analysis, publication, public outreach, and the science of stratigraphic excavation.

Gianfranco Morelli
Geophysics Expert

Geoastier S.r.l.
Livorno, Italy

Gianfranco manages a professional firm specialising in archaeological prospecting and geophysical analysis. Through cooperation with his team of specialists the Project has undertaken two successful campaigns of geophysical research in Pompeii.

Federico Fischanger
Geophysics Specialist

Geoastier S.r.l.
Livorno, Italy

For two years Federico has provided the Project with his detailed expertise in Electrical Resistive Tomography and overseen geophysical research in the field as well as contributing to its post-season analysis and interpretation throughout the year.

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