I work with a number of public archaeology groups, providing advice on excavation and environmental practice, as well as seminars. I have presented to the public, and to high school, undergraduate and graduate students, in Europe, the USA and Australia. I also mentor students in the field, and organise seminars and conferences in Italy and the UK.
Photo (L): Water loving tropical trees near Angkor Thom, (Veal).
AEA in Italy
I organised the 'AEA (Association for Environmental Archaeology) in Italy' seminar series to promote environmental archaeology in Italy. Biannual seminars have been generously hosted by foreign research institutes in Rome. I also organised the 2016 AEA International Conference which was hosted by the American University of Rome, with sponsorship from the American Academy in Rome.
Nine Wells (near Cambridge), amorphous char/ash complex (below) Found near a Roman bath hypocaust and thought originally to be charcoal. Closer examination revealed a mass of mostly ash particles, covered in hyphae (the white material - a kind of fungus). Modern (cream coloured) roots penetrate the ancient ash.
At the Apolline Project, North Vesuvius, Campania, where we have set up a basic laboratory (courtesy director, Ferdinando de Simone, and the local Pollena Trocchia council), I teach microscope and landscape reconstruction skills to local students and supervise overall environmental recovery strategy. In the UK and Italy I have organised workshops for ancient historians and environmental researchers. Last Summer the project expanded with excavations commencing in Aeclanum, a hinterland site in the Apennines.