AMHERST, Mass. – Eric Poehler, assistant professor of classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will speak on “The Roles of Innovation and Imagination in the Archaeology of Pompeii” on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.
The talk is part of the Honors Faculty Lecture series presented by Commonwealth Honors College and is free and open to the public.
Poehler is a classical archaeologist with 16 years of field experience at Pompeii and another seven years at the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary at Isthmia, Greece. Poehler co-directs the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, an archaeological investigation of one of the largest structures at Pompeii that employs non-invasive methodologies and cutting-edge research technologies. He is the author of 15 articles on the infrastructure of the ancient city and co-editor of a recent volume, “Pompeii: Art, Industry, and Infrastructure.” Poehler has a long involvement in the digital humanities, beginning in 2001 as part of the Pompeii Forum Project’s work with the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.
In 2006, he founded Pompeiana.org as a central, online location for digital information about Pompeii. Most recently, Poehler has founded the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project, an online resource for Pompeian scholarship.