The Herculaneum Graffiti Project: Initial Field Season, 2014


This article describes the goals and activities for the first field season of The Herculaneum Graffiti Project. Our project focuses on documenting and digitizing to make more broadly accessible the first-century handwritten wall-inscriptions, also called graffiti, in Herculaneum. Following an overview of the presence of ancient in Herculaneum, this report details the methodology we used to locate and document the inscriptions and the preservation status of ancient graffiti in each insula, or city-block, of the excavations. We further describe the preliminary results of the projects documentation efforts. We are currently studying, processing, and digitizing these inscriptions and contributing them for inclusion in the Epigraphic Database Roma and EAGLE, the Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy. We conclude with a brief mention of development of The Ancient Graffiti Project, the digital resource and search engine devoted to ancient handwritten inscriptions.

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Copyright © 2016 Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica. This article first appeared in The Journal of Fasti Online (2016), 1-23.

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