Ivo van der Graaff

Ivo Van der Graaff

Associate Professor
Office: Art & Art History, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824

Ivo van der Graaff is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He earned his combined BA and MA in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam, and his PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on Greek and Roman art and architecture. Dr. van der Graaff has participated in archaeological research projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, and Italy. He co-directs and collaborates on projects examining the ancient Bay of Naples and Etruria.

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 440A: Honors/From Digging to Digital
  • ARTH 474: Intro to Architectural History
  • ARTH 501: Intro Med. Archaeology
  • ARTH 674: Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 695: Topics in Art History
  • ARTH 695/795: Top/Roman Architectural Design
  • ARTH 796: Independent Study: Art History
  • ARTH/CLAS 501: Intro Med. Archaeology
  • ARTS 574: Intro to Architectural History
  • CLAS 501: Intro Med. Archaeology
  • HUMA 510A: Ancient Humanities


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., University of Amsterdam
  • B.A., Archaeology, University of Amsterdam

Research Interests

  • 3D Modeling / Visualization
  • Ancient urbanism and urban landscapes (ancient urbanism and urban landscapes)
  • Archaeological methods and theory
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the ancient Bay of Naples
  • Architecture
  • Architecture History
  • History & Appreciation of Art
  • Roman, Greek, and Etruscan art

Selected Publications

  • Van der Graaff, I., Clarke, J., Thomas, M., Muslin, J., Schofield, Z., Gee, R., . . . Bowling, H. (2024). Early Results of the 2023 Excavation Season at Oplontis Villa B. E-Journal degli Scavi di Pompei, 11, 1-23. Retrieved from https://pompeiisites.org/

  • Van der Graaff, I., Muslin, J., Clarke, J., Thomas, M., Schofield, Z., Bruner, G., . . . Muntasser, N. (2024). La campagna di studio e scavo dell’Oplontis Project 2022. Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, 34, 283-287.

  • Van der Graaff, I. (2023). The Porta Stabia Gate and Fortification. In S. J. R. Ellis, A. L. C. Emmerson, & K. D. Dicus (Eds.), The Porta Stabia Neighborhood at Pompeii Stabia Volume I: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Space. (pp. 304-333). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Van der Graaff, I., Clarke, J. R., Thomas, M. L., Schofield, Z., Muslin, J. L., Muntasser, N. K., . . . Galloway, J. (2023). Field Notes on Three Campaigns of Excavations at Oplontis B: 2019, 2021, and 2022. FOLD&R, 554, 1-27. Retrieved from https://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2023-554.pdf

  • Van der Graaff, I., Clarke, J. R., Thomas, M. L., Schofield, Z., Muslin, J. L., Di Maio, G., & Muntasser, N. K. (2023). Oplontis, 2021 Relazione di Scavo. Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, 33, 216-218.

  • Poehler, E., & Van der Graaff, I. (2022). The viú Púmpaiianú and the Kaílú of Jupiter Meilichios. Journal of Etruscan and Italic Studies, 125. doi:10.1515/etst-2021-0020

  • Jaskot, P., & Van der Graaff, I. (2021). Evidence and Narrative in Digital Art History: Exploratory Methods for Weimar Architecture. In D. Abramson, Z. Celik Alexander, & M. Osman (Eds.), Writing Architectural History Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (pp. 133-144). Pennsylvania State University Press.

  • Clarke, J., Van der Graaff, I., Di Maio, G., Lagi De Caro, A., Thomas, M., Muslin, J., . . . Killgrove, K. (2021). Oplontis: The Ancient Landscape, the Structures and their Relationship with the Resources of the Vesuvian Region". In A. Coralini (Ed.), Extra Moenia: Abitare il territorio della regione Vesuviana (pp. 103-114).

  • van der Graaff, I., & Poehler, E. (2021). Tracing procession routes for the principal cults in Pompeii. Open Arts Journal. doi:10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2021s07

  • Van der Graaff, I., Gee, R., Muslin, J., & Clarke, J. (2020). The Row Houses of Oplontis B. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 33, 113-128. doi:10.1017/S104775942000094X

  • Van der Graaff, I. (n.d.). Pompeii, Origins through Destruction. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/obo/9780190922467-0040

  • Van der Graaff, I. (2019). The Recovered Tympanum of Cubiculum 11: A New Document for the Study of City Walls. In J. Clarke, & N. Muntasser (Eds.), Oplontis Villa A (“of Poppaea”) at Torre Annunziata, Italy, vol. 2, Decorative Ensembles: Paintings, Stucco, Pavements, Sculpture (pp. 489-500). Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/2027/fulcrum.tb09j7416

  • Van der Graaff, I., Thomas, M., Wilkinson, P., Muslin, J., Clarke, J., Muntasser, N., & Di Maio, G. (2019). First Results of Three Seasons of Excavation at Oplontis B (2016-18). FOLD&R, 430, 1-25. Retrieved from http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2019-430.pdf

  • Van der Graaff, I. (2018). The Fortifications of Pompeii and Ancient Italy. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • Jaskot, P. B., & Van Der Graaff, I. (2017). Historical Journals as Digital Sources: Mapping Architecture in Germany, 1914-24. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS, 76(4), 483-505. doi:10.1525/jsah.2017.76.4.483

  • van der Graaff, I., & Ellis, S. J. R. (2017). Minerva, urban defenses, and the continuity of cult at Pompeii. JOURNAL OF ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY, 30, 281-298. doi:10.1017/S1047759400074122

  • Van der Graaff, I., Muslin, J., Thomas, M., Wilkinson, P., Clarke, J. R., & Muntasser, N. K. (2016). Preliminary Notes on Two Research Campaigns at Oplontis B (2014-2015). Fasti Online Documents & Research : Italia, 1-9.

  • Van der Graaff, I. (2016). Ten Seasons of Excavations at Oplontis. In E. K. Gazda, & J. R. Clarke (Eds.), Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii (pp. 22-27).

  • Van der Graaff, I., Thomas, M., & Wilkinson, P. (2013). The Excavations at Oplontis Villa B: Preliminary Results of the 2012 and 2013 Seasons. Fasti Online Documents & Research : Italia, 295, 1-9.

  • van der Graaff, I., Poppen, R. V., & Nales, T. (2010). The Advantages and Limitations of Coring Survey: An Initial Assessment of the Poggio Colla Coring Project. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, 0(2009), 53. doi:10.16995/trac2009_53_65