The Great Pompeii Project: Solving Archaeological Mysteries with Danielle Oteri

The Great Pompeii Project: Solving Archaeological Mysteries with Danielle Oteri


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Between 2017 and 2019, archaeologists began excavating Pompeii for the first time in decades–because vast parts of the ancient city still covered in volcanic debris were pressing up against the visible ruins. 

This project yielded incredible finds including a stable with horses, a fast-food restaurant, an enormous mural of the African plains, and a chariot that was almost stolen by art thieves tunneling into the ruins from the adjacent town.

Our conversation will examine the 18th-century discovery of Pompeii by Naples’ Bourbon Kings, the sale of its archaeological treasures which have spread around the world, and then review the newest discoveries which have been unearthed by the Great Pompeii Project – which has funded excavations between 2017 and 2019. 

Danielle Oteri is an expert on Roman, medieval and Renaissance art. She was a Lecturer at the Met Cloisters for fifteen years and has been Program Director of the International Center of Medieval Art since 2008. Danielle has written about art, history, food and travel for Conde Nast Traveler, Gothamist, NPR and Roads & Kingdoms. She is the founder of Feast on History and Arthur Avenue Food Tours.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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