The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

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Hear archaeologist Andrew Wallace-Hadrill speak about the challenges, successes, and new discoveries over the last ten years at the ancient site of Herculaneum in the Bay of Naples due to the efforts of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, an initiative funded by the Packard Humanities Institute. Wallace-Hadrill discusses resolving some of the major infrastructural problems crucial to conserving the site, especially those of roofing and drainage, and the ways the site continues to serve as an open laboratory for investigating conservation challenges, often in collaboration with partners like the Getty Conservation Institute. The project has generated major new discoveries as well, including contents of a sewer that provide insights into Roman diet, and an exceptional timber roof with a decorated ceiling.

About Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, which aims to protect and study this sister city of Pompeii. From 1995 to 2009 he served as director of the British School at Rome and is currently director of research of the faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge. An expert on the archaeology of the Vesuvian cities, he was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America's James R. Wiseman Award in 1995 for his book Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994). He has written several other books, including Rome's Cultural Revolution (2008), Augustan Rome (1993), Suetonius: The Scholar and His Caesars (1985), and most recently Herculaneum: Past and Future (2011). He has held visiting fellowships at Princeton University and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and is a frequent contributor to radio and television broadcasts.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.