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Principal Researchers

Betty-Jo MayeskeBetty Jo Mayeske, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor in Humanities, University of Maryland, University College
Betty Jo Mayeske, PhD, is the originator of the Pompeii Food and Drink Project. Her BA and MA are from the University of Illinois and her PhD is from the University of Maryland, College Park, under the direction of Professor Wilhelmina Jashemski. She was an Adjunct Professor of History for 36 years. She taught Roman Republic and Roman Empire and Classical Cities (Rome, Pompeii and Tikal), and she served as the Chair of Humanities for seven years, University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). UMUC has the largest student count in the country. She was the first professor to receive the University’s highest teaching award. She has studied and worked in Pompeii for over 35 years, catalogued the bakeries within the city and published articles on specific bakeries. Dr. Mayeske has designed, directed and administered college degree courses and concentrations for adult students who need to learn at a distance. In 1976, she was awarded an honorary degree by the Open University of the United Kingdom and delivered the commencement address in Glasgow, Scotland. FEMA and the U.S. National Fire Academy honored her achievement of designing and developing a Bachelor’s Degree for Fire Fighters working and residing anywhere in the USA. She is a former Board Member of the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington D.C. society and the Santa Fe Institute for Native Hispanic Cultures. She was elected by faculty for a total of 16 years to all the faculty Boards at UMUC. Dr. Mayeske received the University of Maryland University College’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2013.

Bob CurtisRobert I. Curtis, Ph.D.
Professor of Classics, University of Georgia

Dr. Curtis has worked in Pompeii and Herculaneum since 1973 and has published articles and books on ancient food technology, garum production, Latin epigraphy, and Roman long-distance trade.
Benedict J. Lowe, Ph.D.Benedict J. Lowe, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Roman History
Dr. Lowe has taught at Maynooth University, the University of St. Andrews, Aarhus University, Western Oregon University and the University of Georgia.  Present and past fieldwork include sites in Roman Britain, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Spain.  Dr. Lowe has published books and articles on Spain, the Ancient Economy and Roman History. 
Lisa Kahn, Ph.D.Lisa Kahn, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University, Virginia.

Dr. Kahn has conducted archaeological investigation in Italy, Israel, Cyprus, France, and Portugal with specialization in material culture.  She has published on ancient beer; ancient glass; Greek kiln technology; and King Herod?s temple in Caesarea, Israel. She teaches courses on  History, Archaeology, Art History and Cultural Heritage Preservation.   Dr. Kahn is also an annual lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.

Pompeii Street

Pompeii Street Showing Pedestrian Crosswalk

House of Julia Felix

House of Julia Felix

Pompeii-Food-And-Drink Staff (alphabetical order)

Our staff is a diverse group who bring a variety of skills and passions to the Project including photography, drawing, editing, computer database design, analysis methods, GIS analysis, and academic work in archaeology, anthropological archaeology, ancient history and classics.

Carlos Avila

Carlos Avila
Retired program specialist, assumes general management roles in several areas.

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill
Architect, Wright Patterson AFB, has experience in Roman Tunisia, Pompeii. Drawing Team Mgr..

George Mayeske

George Mayeske, Ph.D.
Retired program evaluator & Research analyst for USDA and USDE, author of books on program design; advises on analysis methods, statistical sample formats, record keeping

Mary Meier

Mary Meier
MA in Anthropological Archaeology.  Tenured professor at Macomb Community College in Anthropology and Archaeology.  Directs Macomb County Historic Graves Project. Principal Researcher and Volunteer Coordinator.

Lee Payne

Lee Payne
BA, Univ. of So. CA. Professional newspaper photographer, author of travel articles and a book on airships. Leader of Photography Team.

Heather Caple
Heather Caple earned her Masters in Art History, having concentrated on textiles, trade, and domestic and social organization in the Roman Empire. These interests coincide with her position as a Drawing Team leader with the Project. In her other life she is an executive with a private loan company and an aspiring archaeological illustrator. Heather also acts as assistant to Prof. Mayeske home and abroad.

Twyla Howse
Twyla Howse is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) qualified interior designer with over 30 years’ experience in the commercial field. In addition to her interior design business, she has been a tutor with Rhodec International Interior Design School for 10 years and is also a member of IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council). Teaching specialities include the History of Interior Design and Colour. Currently she is an Account Manager with Dornbracht (Luxury Spa Fittings). She is also a computer database specialist and major problem solver.


Supreme god of the Roman pantheon and project protector (we hope).

Throughout all of our years we have received the support of the following Italian authorities: Profesoressa Teresa Elena Cinquantaquattro, Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei and previously Dottoressa Mariarosaria Salvatore and Dott. Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, retired Superintendents of Excavations, for authorizing our previous research in the scavi. Thanks also to Dott. Antonio Varone, and Dott. Antonio D'Ambrosio, former Directors of Excavations at Pompeii for their assistance in facilitating our work. Sig. A. Boccia and the custodians of the city have been responsive to our needs and afforded us every courtesy. Dottoressa Greta Stefani has offered us helpful advice and graciously conducted us through the exhibits at the Antiquarium in Boscoreale. She is the excellent Director of Pompeii. Suprintendent Massimo Osanna authorizes our study and work in Pompeii. With great respect we acknowledge the fine effort and hard work of all associated with the protection and prosperity of ancient Pompeii.

We remember, too, the support of the purpose and content of this project by Prof. Emerita Wilhelmina Jashemski, who died on December 24, 2007. Her lifelong students, Betty Jo Mayeske and Robert Curtis continue her valuable work in Pompeii. (Her last book The Gardens of the Roman Empire is now available from the Cambridge Press.)

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