Campaign 2023


Campaign 2022


Bulletin archéologique des Écoles françaises à l’étranger


William Van Andringa, Henri Duday, "Pompéi – Nécropole romaine de Porta Nocera: la campagne 2021", Bulletin archéologique des Écoles françaises à l’étranger [En ligne], Italie, mis en ligne le 21 juin 2022

Campaign 2021


The Tomb of Marcus Tullius



William Van Andringa dropping the science at The Tomb of Marcus Tullius at Porta Stabia.

Archéologie du geste

Rites et pratiques à Pompéi


Cet ouvrage, fondé sur des études de cas pompéiens précis et bien documentés, constitue un manifeste pour une archéologie du geste et ouvre une nouvelle manière d’écrire l’histoire, à partir d’une archéologie aujourd’hui pleinement capable de détecter et de restituer le concret de l’action humaine.

Grand prix d’archéologie 2021


Le Grand prix d’archéologie 2021 de la Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca - Institut de France (150 000 €) a été remis à la mission archéologique française de Porta Nocera à Pompéi représentée par William Van Andringa et Henri Duday.

Campaign 2017



Peek at the 2017 campaign.

Porta Nocera Necropolis, Zone B



Archaeological excavation site Porta Nocera necropolis Zone B shown in a before and after the first phase of excavation in September 2015.

Excavating Tombs in Zone B



The dead were buried in concessions along the road. For each funeral area, the excavation concerns the tombs and sometimes the cremation areas of the deceased. This work must be extremely meticulous in order to observe and record all the traces left during the funerals, the burial of bone deposit or commemoration ceremonies, but also all traces relating to the evolution of the funerary areas over time, from one generation to the next, from one family to the other.

Excavating Graves in the Funerary Plot of Caius Veranius Rufus



A time-lapse video from September 2016 showing excavation and documenting process of the graves from the funerary plot of Caius Veranius Rufus, duumvir. Two burials are studied simultaneously. The bone deposit of the deceased is excavated by successive layers of two centimetres. This gives opportunity for regular photographs and data recording of the appearance and organisation of the bone deposit.





Funerary plots are suitable contexts for an archaeological work on gesture, action and ritual practice. They are indeed closed ensembles, composed of earth floors generated by an active pedogenesis which ensures the protection of the material left on the ground and in the structures like the tombs.

A Roman Domus as a Laboratory



The excavation generates a permanent laboratory activity, organized in a Roman house, close to the necropolis.

Porta Nocera Necropolis

Excavating an Urn



Professor William Van Andringa excavating an urn from the tomb 6, enclosure 1F, founded for the Vestorii family. The urn was in a deep pit, on which was placed a bag containing cremation residues. Within the urn, the bone deposit is found with a coin placed at the top.



Excavating, recording



Excavation in progress.

Excavation in progress



Reconstructing funerary practices from archaeological material.

Campaign in 2014



The campaign in September 2014 was the start of the new project at the necropolis of Porta Nocera at Pompeii. The excavation focused on a fairly limited area of about 60 m2 (sector A), next to the site published in Mourir à Pompéi campaign 2003-2007.


The project forms part of the research program of the École française de Rome in collaboration with the University of Lille 3 (Centre de recherches Halma), the archaeological society Éveha International and the Soprintendenza archeologica di Pompei with the participation of the Anthropological Laboratory of Bordeaux, the Società Archeodunum and the AGRUMED Program, under the direction of William Van Andringa (Université de Lille 3), Thomas Creissen (Éveha International) e Henri Duday (Université de Bordeaux).

Campaign 2003-2007 publication


The book Mourir à Pompéi was published in 2013 and is a beautifully laid out 1451 pages of documentation and interpretation of death in Pompei based on excavations in Porta Nocera necropolis in 2003-2007.


Mourir à Pompéi - Fouille d’un quartier funéraire de la nécropole romaine de porta nocera(2003-2007).


l’Ecole française de Rome, 2013


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