Janet Dunkelbarger

Penny S. and James G. Coulter Jefferson Fellow
Westwood, Massachusetts
B.A. Mount Holyoke College (2011)
M.Phil. University of Oxford (2014)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Art History


Janet Dunkelbarger is a doctoral candidate in the program for Mediterranean art and archaeology at the University of Virginia. Janet’s research focuses on ancient Roman dining practices, looking specifically to dining in the garden, and how the archaeological evidence from this specific context contributes to and expands our current understanding of Roman conviviality and foodways. Janet is also interested in Roman urbanism, infrastructure, and economy, in particular how waste management infrastructures developed over time to support the operation of industry in Roman cities. Her work has brought her to Cyprus, Italy, and Tunisia, where she has participated in field survey, architectural survey, excavation, and reconstruction as part of cultural heritage. The projects with which she has been affiliated include: the San Felice Field School (2009), Kissonerga-Mosphilia Roundhouse Project (2010), Doors of Pompeii and Herculaneum Project (2010), Prastio-Mesorotos Archaeological Expedition (2011), Pompeii Quadriporticus Project (2010-2013), Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project (2013), Tunisian-British Utica Project (2013), and the Via Consolare Project (2016). Janet received her B.A. in history from Mt. Holyoke College and her M.A. in classical archeology from the University of Oxford.

Thesis Description:

The Garden Dining Spaces of Pompeii: An Archaeological Assessment

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