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Deborah Chatr Aryamontri

Associate Professor, Classics and General Humanities

BA, Sapienza - Università di Roma
MA, Sapienza - Università di Roma
PhD, Università di Salerno
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Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri is Associate 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).

Dr. Chatr Aryamontri latest accomplishment is the recent awarding of a $20,000 Delmas Foundation grant to study and restore the ancient Roman fresco fragments she has excavated at the Villa of the Antonines.


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 and findings at the imperial 'Villa of the Antonines' and other various articles, including one on the concept of proportions in the third book De Architectura by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius.

Office Hours


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
or by appointment [all meetings in virtual modality will be conducted through the Zoom tool]
6:45 pm - 7:45 am
or by appointment [all meetings in virtual modality will be conducted through the Zoom tool]
6:45 pm - 7:45 am
or by appointment [all meetings in virtual modality will be conducted through the Zoom tool]

Research Projects

Villa of the Antonines Project

This on-going research project explores a 2nd century CE Roman imperial villa in the ancient ager Lanuvinus, 18 miles South-East of Rome. The ownership of this villa is attributed to the imperial family of the Antonines where, according to ancient sources, Antoninus Pius and Commodus were born.

A Life Dedicated to the Public Good: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Cultural Heritage in the Vision of John Cotton Dana

The long-term goal of the project, conducted in co-directorship with Dr. Diego Baldi, researcher in The Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC) at the Italian National Research Council (CRN), is the publication of a monograph which fully analyzes and explores the life and work of John Cotton Dana, one of the most influential American figures in the democratization of education and cultural fruition as a means to fight social inequality and injustice and a pioneer in the fields of library and museum practice. Dr. Chatr Aryamontri and Dr. Baldi have also been awarded a NJ Historical Commission grant to carry out the completion of this project.