John R Clarke
Clarke received his Ph.D. in the history of ancient art from Yale University in 1973. He taught at the University of Michigan, the University of California, San Diego and Yale University, before coming to the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He has published eight books and more than 80 articles and chapters on ancient Roman art, architecture and visual culture, as well as a critical essays and reviews on contemporary art and theory and on the digital humanities.
He currently directs the Oplontis Project, a collaboration among 46 scholars worldwide aimed at publishing two contiguous archaeological sites located three miles from Pompeii, both buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Villa A ("of Poppaea") is an enormous ancient Roman luxury villa located three miles from Pompeii. Villa B was a commercial complex devoted to the wine industry; 54 human skeletons were found there. Clarke has overseen eleven seasons of excavation and study, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oplontis Project in the Department of Art and Art History, and by anonymous donors. He has co-edited the first two volumes on Villa A in a series of Open Access electronic books published by the American Council of Learned Societies. Fully-navigable 3D models of the Villas provide a portal into the Project's extensive databases.