Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, PhD
Deborah Chatr Aryamontri is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University as well a Research Associate of the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies there, and has been a Visiting Lecturer in the College for Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, where she taught a course on ancient Greek and Roman technology. She was born and raised in Rome, and she earned her Ph.D. in Ancient Topography from the University of Salerno, and her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Her major expertise concerns ancient Roman landscape archaeology, city planning and urban infrastructures; nevertheless, her scholarly interests range widely, from Greek and Roman material culture, to numismatics and ancient technology. For her M.A. thesis she examined the archaeological documentation for the SE territory of the Alban Hills preserved in the archives of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio; while her doctoral dissertation focused on the study of the archaeological evidence for the territories of ancient Peuketia and Messapia in Southern Italy.
Since her first years in college, she pursued a strong professional training in field archaeology, extensively participating in excavations and laboratory activities with several archaeological projects in Italy and abroad, including the Veii Project, now directed by Prof. Gilda Bartoloni, the excavation of the Northern slope of the Palatine hill with Prof. Nicola Terrenato under the directorship of Prof. Andrea Carandini, and the excavation of the ancient town of Ampurias in Spain. This training allowed her to gain a thorough knowledge of archaeological fieldwork methodologies as well as analysis of artifacts and processing of archaeological field data. In 1992 she joined the ancient Lavinium project, directed by Prof. Maria Fenelli, where she became one of the senior team members. In this capacity, she was in charge of the excavation of the Eastern Roman necropolis, as well as laboratory activities related to it, where she oversaw undergraduate and graduate students. Over the years, she has served as an archivist, a project archaeologist, and a technician on numerous projects both in a scholarly capacity and in salvage archaeology investigations. She has been the recipient of scholarships and grants from several academic institutions, both Italian and American, and she also was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2010-2011 University Learning Teaching Fellowship at Montclair State University.
She has published on ancient hydrology and on topics in numismatics, She has given talks on a wide array of archaeological topics, including ancient Roman houses, and she recently presented a paper at the Public and Private in the Roman House Workshop on the layout and chronological development of the several imperial villas in the Latium region sponsored by the Classics Department of New York University.
Finally, her latest and most important ongoing project is the co-directorship with Prof. Timothy Renner of the “Villa of the Antonines” project in Genzano di Roma, in Italy, which includes a fieldschool for undergraduate and graduate students at this important Roman imperial villa, and on which she has several articles in preparation on the preliminary results.