Ancient Graffiti Project

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  • Rebecca Benefiel
  • Sara Sprenkle
  • Holly Sypniewski, Assistant Director


Aims and scope

The project website defines graffiti as "handwritten inscriptions that have been incised or scratched into wall-plaster".

The project digitizes ancient graffiti from the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. It aims to provide scholars with a flexible digital tool to search the inscriptions in their spatial context. Thus, the project spans epigraphy and archaeology.

Both textual and figural graffiti (hand-sketched drawings) are available.

More than 500 ancient graffiti are now searchable. These include more than 300 from Herculaneum and nearly 200 from Pompeii (from the Lupanar, Insula I.8, and other locations).

Search platform

The project website provides a sophisticated search engine that allows for searches based on the location of the graffiti ("Search by Map"), as well as on its properties, drawing type and content.


The epigraphical database and the search platform are interoperable with the EAGLE epigraphic database, the EDR (Epigraphic Database Roma) and the EAGLE Europeana Network.

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