Ted Peña has been invitted to deliver the keynote address at the Oxford Roman Economy Project conference "Recycling and the Ancient Economy", to be held at Oxford University, September 22-23, 2017



Spring 2017

Janne Ikäheimo and Victor Martinez presented a paper reporting on some of their PEPP research entitled “Same as it ever was? – Structured light 3D-scanning and the specific gravity of late Roman transport amphorae from North Africa and Spain” accepted at the Sixth International Conference on Late Roman Coarse Wares, held in Agrigento, Italy, May 24-28, 2017.  ABSTRACT


Jennifer Black has been awarded a grant from the Sacramento Archeological Society to support her participation in the PEPP Summer, 2017 study season.  CONTRATULATIONS JEN!


Aaron Brown has been awarded a Mellon Curatorial Internship for the Fall, 2017 semester from the University of California, Berkeley Department of the History of Art under its Mellon Initiative for Graduate Study in Curatorial Preparedness and Object-Based Learning program (March 23, 2017).  The locus and dates of the internship are currently being arranged.  CONGRATULATIONS AARON!


The initial set of PEPP project results was migrated onto RES ROMANAE (March 22, 2017).  

For a description of these materials go to New Site Content ( and PEPP – Pottery Assemblage Data (


Winter, 2016-2017

Amanda Dobrov has won a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) from the University of California, Berkeley College of Letters and Sciences to support her work on the African amphoras from the Palatine East as part of the PEPP Summer, 2017 study season (March 10, 2017).  This fellowship will also support the analysis of this material that she will undertake as her senior thesis during the 2017-2081 academic year.  CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA!


PALHIP featured in article in USA Today (January, 20, 2017).


Amanda Dobrov made a presentation entitled “Roman amphoras of North Africa: Markers of a pan-Mediterranean economy” at the Sacramento Archaeological Society's Scholar Symposium in West Sacramento, CA, on January 15, 2017, reporting on the work that she carrried out in Rome during the 2016 PEPP study season supported by a grant awarded to her by the Society.


Members of the PALHIP team made three presentations on their work (some PALHIP related, some not) at the 118th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, held in Toronto, Canada (January 5-8, 2017):

Caroline Cheung and Gina Tibbott presented a poster “The dolia of Regio I, Insula 22: Evidence for the production and repair of dolia” in the poster session, for which they were awarded the prize for best posterCONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLINE AND GINA!

C. Cheung and G. Tibbott Pose with Their Award-Winning Poster


Laure Marest-Caffey presented a paper "Reconstructing networks from the archive of Seleukeia on the Tigris: ruler portraits on hellenistic seals" in the session "Graeco-Roman Graffiti, Seals, and Crafts", for which she was awarded honorable mention in the best graduate student paper competition.  CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURE!

Ted Peña and Caroline Cheung presented a paper “The Pompeii Artifact Life History Project: new methodological approaches and illustrative results” in the colloquium session "Small Finds; Writ Large".


Fall, 2016

Caroline Cheung, a charter member of the PALHIP team, holds a Rome Prize at the American Academy at Rome for academic year 2016-2017.  During her fellowship tenure she is working on her PhD dissertation, which examines packaing in the Roman world.


The RES ROMANAE website goes live! (November 7, 2016; 9 AM Pacific Standard Time). 


Ted Peña undertook a sabbatical research trip to Rome, where he worked in the archaeological storeroom at the American Academy in Rome on pottery for the Palatine East Pottery Project (PEPP)  (November 12, 2016 - January 4, 2017).


PEPP was awarded a grant of $4,200 by the UC Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility Stahl Fund in support of its planned Summer, 2017 season (December 7, 2016).


Ted Peña joined the editorial board of the American Journal of Archaeology


Summer, 2016

The Pompeii Artifct Life History Project (PALHIP) completed its fifth annual study season ar Pompeii from June 6 through July 9.  The project team consisted of Ted Peña as Director, Aaron Brown (graduate student, Graduate Program in Classical Archaeology. University of California, Berkeley), Caroline Cheung (graduate student, Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. University of California, Berkeley), and Laure Marest-Caffey (graduate student, Graduate Program in History of Art, University of California, Berkeley).  This year the team worked on two different sub-projects.  They spent the first four weeks of the five-week season beginning a new sub-project at Oplontis Viila B, a warehouse/wine bottling facility on the outskirts of Pompeii that was excavated by the Sopintendenza Archeologica di Pompei n the 1970s and 1980s and has been the subject of renewed excavation and documentationn by a team from the University of Texas, Austin since 2012.  The PALHIP team focused on the detailed study of a sub-set of the over 1000 used wine amphoras that were being held in storage at the facility awaiting re-filling with wine.  The work, which shed interesting new light on the practices of wine bottling in the Roman world, involved the experimental application of two high-tech procedures - the use of a structured light scanner to produce 3-d scans of the amphoras and the use of UV/IR photography to document the tituli picti (painted shipping lavels) present on some of the vessels.  The team devoted the final week of the season to completing its work on the sub-project that involved the study of the materials recovered in tthe Università Statale di Milano excavations of the refuse middens immediately ourside the city wall of Pompeii in the area of Tower 8.  The team attended the international conference Fecisti Cretaria hosted by the Soprintendza per i Beni Archeologici di Pompei, Ercolano e Stabiae at Pompei on June 17 and 18, with Ted Peña presenting a lecture on the team's work with the Tower 8 midden materials and Caroline Cheung and Gina Tibbott presenting a poster on the team's work with the Insula 1.22 dolia

PALHIP 2016 Team Photo


The Palatine East Pottery Project (PEPP) completed its annual study season in Rome from June 20 through July 30.  The project team consisted of Ted Peña as Director, Victor Martínez (Department of Art, Kansas State University) as Associate Director, Jennfier Black (graduate student, Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. University of California, Berkeley), Arlene Vespa (Archiect, Champaign Illinois School District), Amanda Dobrov (a University of California undergraduate majoring in Anthropology and Classics), Samantha Lloyd-Knauf (a University of Califorrnia, Berkeley undergraduate majoring in History of Art and Italian Studies), and MacKenzie Davis (a Monmouth College undergraduate majoring in Classical Studies).  The team, which worked at the American Academy in Rome, made substantial progress on its documentation of various classes of pottery in the Palatine East pottery assemblage.  Jennifer Black completed her work with the regional fineware pottery.  Victor Martínez and MacKenzie Davis continued their work on the Italian amphoras,  Ted Peña and Samantah Lloyd-Knauf worked on the various classes of thin-walled ware.  Amanda Dobrov initiated work on the North African amphoras, laying the groundwork for a senior project that she will complete during the summer of 2017 and academic year 2017-2018.  Arlene Vespa served as project illustrator.

PEPP 2016 Team Photo