Pompeii Project: Porta Nola Necropolis

Investigating the archaeology of death at Pompeii.

The necropolis and fugitives of Porta Nola

The project, established in 2015, is investigating the population of ancient Pompeii, studying their physical and social characteristics, as well as their habits and customs, and how they lived and died in Pompeii.

The research is conducted jointly with the Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Doctores y Licenciados en Letras y Ciencias de Valencia y Castellòn (CDL) and the Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia (MPV), with the support of the Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

The project aims to achieve this through three principal activities:

1. The excavation of selected burials at the Porta Nola Necropolis

2. The conservation of the tomb of Obellius Firmus.

3. The study of the casts from Porta Nola.

At the Necropolis of Porta Nola, the project will be excavating in three areas of burial: The Tomb of Obellius Firmus (following the work by Stefano De Caro ), an anonymous schola tomb and burials alongside the city walls.

Together with the excavation, a team of conservators from the Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia will be leading the conservation of the tomb of Obellius Firmus.

Finally, the project is also studying the casts made of 15 fugitives of the AD 79 eruption, discovered along the road at the necropolis of Porta Nola.

The following short video is an extract of a film made about the 2015 excavation season.

Pompeii: Porta Nola Necropolis

Further information (in Italian) about the project can be found on the web site of the Soprintendenza Pompei.

Regular updates can be found on Twitter: @PompeiNecropoli