(Left) Leslie Rainer, Getty Conservation Institute senior project specialist, with Mark Gittins of the Herculaneum Conservation Project using a digital microscope to examine a wall painting in the House of the Bicentenary. Photo: Araldo de Lucca © J. Paul Getty Trust; (Right) Tripod Component (detail), Roman, first century BC–first century AD, ash wood and ivory. Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, I4. Image: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali - Parco Archeologico di Ercolano. All rights reserved. © Archivio dell'arte - Pedicini photographers

From the Ashes: New Discoveries from Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples



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The ancient city of Herculaneum is less famous than its neighbor, Pompeii, but the site and vicinity continue to produce spectacular finds. Join experts in the field as they share their latest research from the region including the discovery of rare wood and ivory objects, a "new" buried luxury villa, and evidence for re-dating the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius of A.D. 79. Getty conservators also discuss their work on statues and buildings at Herculaneum and lessons learned from conserving and studying objects featured in the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri. This symposium is co-presented with the Getty Conservation Institute.

Confirmed symposium topics and speakers:
What Date Did Mt. Vesuvius Actually Erupt, and Why Does It Matter?
Kristina Kilgrove, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Roman Villa of Positano: The Archaeological Landscape and the Effects of the A.D. 79 Vesuvian Eruption on the Amalfi Coast/Sorrento Peninsula
Giovanni Di Maio, Archaeological Superintendency of Salerno/GEO Archaeological Consultancy

Conserving Roman Wall Paintings in the House of the Bicentenary, Herculaneum
Leslie Rainer, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles

Discovery and Reconstruction of a Timber Roof and Ceiling of a Lavish Roman Residence
Ascanio D’Andrea, Herculaneum Conservation Project/Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, Italy

Amazons at Herculaneum
Carol Mattusch, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

The Decoration of Walls and Floors in the Villa dei Papiri
Domenico Esposito, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany

Erotes and Psychai in Dionysian Imagery
Gianfranco Adornato, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Conserving and Investigating Sculptures from the Villa dei Papiri at the Getty Villa
Erik Risser and Marie Svoboda, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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