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Dr. Florian Seiler (German Archaeological Institute)
Since the 1980s Dr. Florian Seiler has focused his research activity on Southern Italy, mainly in the Vesuvius region and Calabria. By his longtime research in Pompeii and the sourroundings he acquired high competence in the matter of Hellenistic and Roman "Stadtforschung", as well as in field research and landscape research. Initially he studied the history and socio-cultural aspects of Roman residential houses in Pompeii. This study resulted in an increased interest in urbanistic questions leading to a comprehensive investigation of the historic and socio-economic development of a whole city quarter of Pompeii. The question of the interaction between Pompeii and its hinterland finally induced the current interdisciplinary geo-archaeological research project focusing on the reconstruction of the ancient cultural landscapes of the Sarno River plain.

Dr. Michael Märker (Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities/Tübingen University; Pavia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Dr. Michael Märker has comprehensive experience in the assessment of geomorphological and pedological processes. His special focus lies on the detection and identification of erosion and mass movement processes and their quantification. Therefore numerical modelling, remote sensing as well as innovative field methodologies and advanced statistical methods are applied. Especially the combination of these methods yield further information on paleo-landscapes in various regions of the world such as the Mediterranean, Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and China. In the last years the approach was utilized in projects with archaeological and paleoantropological objectives such as ROCEEH (undefinedhttp://www.roceeh.net/).

Dr. Pia Kastenmeier
Pia Kastenmeier studies various aspects of Roman and prehistoric housing, within the ancient city of Pompeii and its hinterland. Her first monographical study was devoted to the purely functional areas of the Pompeian households, including the service areas in villas and villae rusticae near Pompei ("I luoghi del lavoro domestico nella casa pompeiana", 2007).

Furthermore, between 2004 and 2012 she participated in the excavation of the Bronze and Iron Age settlement of Longola-Poggiomarino by leading the dendrochronological sampling. Furthermore, she is supervising the dendrocronological sampling at the site of Herculaneum. Within the scope of the fundamental research of the DAI Pia Kastenmeier deals with the topic "Natural resources and building trade in the Sarno River Plain". She studies provenance, use and distribution of the local building stones and timber in the ancient architectures of the Sarno river plain, by carrying out interdisciplinary archaeological, mineralogical and petrographical analysis.

Dr. Sebastian Vogel (University of Potsdam, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science)
Sebastian Vogel is Geoecologist. Since 2007 he is responsible for the geographical subprojects in which he finished his PhD in 2011. His focus lies on the reconstruction of the pre-AD 79 paleo-topographical and paleo-environmental conditions of the Sarno River plain. Furthermore, he carries out paleo-pedological investigations to characterize the pre-AD 79 Roman paleosol and to analyse post-burial soil developments of the Roman paleosol. Finally, he developed a predictive model to study the ancient rural settlement structure of the Sarno River plain.

Dr. Domenico Esposito (Freie Universität Berlin, Exzellenzcluster TOPOI, Institut für Klassische Archäologie)
From 2006 to 2007 Domenico Esposito conducted excavations in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii. This project allowed him to determine how space was used, especially in the production areas of the building (servants' quarters, cella vinaria, rustic yards, etc.). In addition it proved possible to gain important information on the topography surrounding the villa, especially regarding the road that flanked its entrance and the cultivated land on the opposite side of the road. Since 2009 he studies the various archaeological aspects regarding the phenomenon of Roman farms (villae rusticae) in the Sarno River plain.

Dr. Uwe Heussner (German Archaeological Institute)
Uwe Heussner works in dendrochronology since 1988. His research focusses on dating and tree-ring analysis of wooden objects of any kind above all for the study of human-environment relationships and for climate reconstructions. He established the first absolute dated chronological curve for the Bronze Age of Southern Italy on the basis of more than 3.000 wooden samples from the Bronze/Iron Age settlement of Longola-Poggiomarino.

Dr. Giovanni Di Maio
Giovanni Di Maio is geologist and a accredited expert in the field of geoarchaeological investigations especially within the Sarno River plain. He is collaborator with research institutes and universities as well as author and co-author of several publications dealing with the reconstruction of the ancient landscape of the Sarno River plain such as Di Maio & Pagano (2003), Stefani & Di Maio (2003) Seiler, Kastenmeier & Di Maio (2007). Within this project Dr. Di Maio is responsible for the realization and interpretation of stratigraphical drillings, the geophysical prospection and is available as a technical and scientifical consultant.

Prof. Mark Robinson (University of Oxford)
Mark Robinson studies macroscopic plant remains, insects and molluscs as well as palaeohydrology. He has had much fieldwork experience at Pompeii including the excavation of Roman gardens. Research relevant for this project included establishing the Holocene palaeohydrological sequence for the Upper Thames Valley, Great Britain (Robinson and Lambrick 1984 - Nature) and studies of food-plant remains from excavations in Pompeii.