Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, PhD
Deborah Chatr Aryamontri is an Assistant Professor of the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at Montclair State University. She has been a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she taught courses on ancient Greek and Roman technology and on the ancient world in general. 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 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.
Her latest and most important ongoing project is the directorship 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 archaeometric studies of decorative and architectural materials of the site.
Finally, she has authored and co-authored several conference 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 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.