I am an archaeologist who by day conducts geophysical surveys and also by day has a long standing research interest in Pompeii. I have just returned to the UK after a very happy 19 years of living and working in Italy and am just settling into London life.

I work for the University of Southampton and collaborate with The British School at Rome working as a professional archaeologist conducting geophysical surveys. I have project managed geophysical surveys since 2003 and have had the privilege to work on a vast number of archaeological sites in Italy as well as further afield in Sudan, Libya, Turkey and Tunisia.

I have just completed a PhD and been awarded a doctorate (University of Southampton) based on the fieldwork I undertook for The British School at Rome’s Pompeii Project under the direction of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. My research involved the design and implementation of a system to record standing buildings. This then formed the basis for the chronological analysis of a block of houses (Insula 9, Region I) with a view to understanding the development of a group of non-elite houses through time.

And yes you may call me Dr Hay. I’m utterly fine with that. Really.

When I travel my camera is usually wedged firmly against my face so be prepared for illustrated ramblings from my various adventures – my so-called ‘odysseys’ (although they have yet to feature sea monsters and enchanting ladies with chicken legs).

To email me please visit my University webpage: University of Southampton

For more information about the geophysical survey work I do visit: The British School at Rome 

Many of my academic publications can be found on academia.edu

And of course you can follow me on Twitter for a more diverse and colourful account of my existence by clicking the ‘follow @pompei79‘ button in the right hand column of this page.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. ritaroberts

    Hello Sophie, Wow ! I do envy you living in Rome a place I have been meaning to visit for years. I must do this sometime soon. However , I live in Crete so that’s the next best thing eh. Love your blog and am following.

    1. pompei79 Post author

      How lovely of you to say. Yes, Rome is a fabulous city to live in but I have visited Crete and can vouch that it is a spectacular location, so well done you! Thanks for following, I am honoured.

  2. Chahrazed

    Hi very lucky Sophie 🙂 Being an archeologist and living in Rome? You must be a special person 🙂
    I’m an architecture student (master 2) and currently designing a theme park for Timgad – Thamugadi as my final year’s project. I came across your blog while doing a research about the value of Timgad, and I want to ask you dear Sophie; what do you think of Timgad’s importance as an archeologist and a tourist? Does it have what it takes to make it an international tourist pole? Would it be more interesting with a theme park that tells her story? I would love to discuss my project with you if you don’t mind. Only I can’t do it in public :-p

    Please keep it Up, it’s inspiring to meetlovely people like yourself 🙂
    Have a fruitful day,


  3. kurtnemes

    Great site. I live in Naples in 1980 and Rome in 1981-2 in Trastevere. Both are amazing cities. I’d suggest mapping Paestum and if Algeria ever becomes safe again, Timgad and Tipasa. All the best.


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