Support for my work on the Pompeii Forum Project (PFP) has come from many sources, all deserving recognition and appreciation. My initial support came from the UVa School of Architecture Dean's Forum. Matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities supported my first field visit to Pompeii, and the PFP itself supported my second visit, with funds from the NEH and generous private supporters. A Sesquicentennial Associateship from the UVa Center for Advanced Studies was also instrumental in the moving the work forward. The work presented in this document has been supported by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, in addition to financial support, the graphics work of Chris Jesse and general guidance of John Unsworth have been especially helpful. All this support is gratefully acknowledged.
In addition to the essential financial and technical support, I have received even more valuable intellectual support from many sources. Much of my thinking about Pompeii has been strongly shaped by conversations with other PFP members, including Larry Ball, Bill Westfall, Mark Schimmenti, and Karim Hanna. Conversations with other researchers at the site were also stimulating and influential, particularly a discussion with Alistair Small concerning floor framing of a particular area, which spurred key new ideas presented in this document. Working at Pompeii, I had the unique experience receiving an international peer review of my work during its day-to-day execution. Most important has been the contribution of John Dobbins, whose sharp intellect, thoughtful teaching, and remarkable organization have made the PFP a uniquely stimulating and productive multi-disciplinary research project.
Rodrigo Abela deserves special recognition for his central contributions to the project. He applied knowledge of the Forum acquired during a few days in Pompeii to many months of work with photographs and photogrammetric models in Charlottesville, demonstrating remarkable skill and sound judgement at every turn.
Finally, while many people have contributed to the substance and direction of this work, any errors are mine and mine alone. Those who find any are welcome to point them out to me.
Charlottesville, September 23, 1998.