I am an archaeologist who is currently on a self-imposed sabbatical to transform my PhD thesis into a book to be published by the Superintendency of Pompeii. I have just returned to the UK after a very happy 19 years of living and working in Italy and am happily settling into London life.
I have 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.
I recently left my post 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, websites, an exhibition catalogue, various magazines and a best-selling book.
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