Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri is Assistant Professor in the Classics & General Humanities Department as well as a Research Associate at the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at Montclair State University. Since 2010, she is the director of the 'Villa of the Antonines' Project in Italy.
She received her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Rome La Sapienza and her Ph.D. in Landscape Archaeology from the University Consortium of the Universities of Rome "La Sapienza", Viterbo, Lecce and Salerno, and she has been also a lecturer in the College for Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey where she taught a course on ancient Greek and Roman technologies.
She is a field archaeologist and has participated in excavations and laboratory activities with several archaeological projects, in particular at the ancient city of Lavinium (Italy).
She has been the recipient of several scholarships and grants from academic institutions , including the Ministry of Universities and Scientific and Technological Research in Italy (Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica).
Her research interests encompass archaeology, reception of the classical world, and practice and issues related to the management, safeguarding and promotion of Cultural Heritage. In the field of archaeological investigation her main research interests include ancient Roman topography and urban planning, theory and methodologies of archaeological research, archaeometry, ancient technology and engineering, and Greek and Roman numismatics. Her main project focuses on the archaeological investigation of the 2nd century imperial villa of the Antonines at the ancient Lanuvium which includes archaeometric analysis of the artifacts found there. She is also currently working on a book co-authored with Dr. Diego Baldi, Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico – CNR, Italy, on the legacy of ancient Greek and Roman libraries in connection with the birth, during the Renaissance period, of the idea of a modern library.
She has authored and co-authored several scientific papers and published articles on, among other topics, hydrology and numismatics. She has in preparation articles on the preliminary results of the investigation at the imperial 'Villa of the Antonines' and a contribution on the impact of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Heritage legislation in Italy.