I am an archaeologist who has returned to the UK after an extraordinary 19 years of living and working in Italy and I am happily settling into London life.
I have completed a PhD and been awarded a doctorate (University of Southampton) based on the results of 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.
I am currently working at the University of Cambridge as a Post-doctoral Research Associate on a Pompeii project ― The Bar of Amarantus and his Neighbours ― that focuses on the excavations and building survey work we undertook in collaboration with The University of Reading in Pompeii.
Prior to this, I worked at the University of Southampton for whom, in collaboration with the British School at Rome, I worked as a professional archaeologist conducting geophysical surveys. I have project managed over 100 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. For more information about the geophysical survey work I have been involved in, visit: The British School at Rome
Many of my academic publications can be found on academia.edu
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).
I am happy to respond to requests to use my photographs for any publications and to date I know that my images have appeared in academic publications, on websites, in an exhibition catalogue, various popular archaeological magazines and two best-selling books ― Tom Holland’s ‘Dynasty’ (2015) and Charlotte Higgins’ ‘Red Thread: Of Labyrinths and Mazes’ (2018).
I am also happy to respond to requests for television and radio work relating to my specialist subject of Pompeii. My recent involvement with television programmes can be found here.
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.
I am also a novice on Instagram: pompei79