Ada Cortés Vicente (Main Researcher,

Dr. Cortés has spent much of her career studying and researching at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain) and the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC, Spain). She has also spent periods abroad with the Seconda University of Napoli (Italy), to study the houses of Pompeii and all the Vesuvian area. She has also participated in archaeological excavations in the city of Peltuinum (L'Aquila, Italy) with La Sapienza University and has sporadically collaborated in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton (UK). After her graduation in 2002, she won a competitive scholarship for the realisation of her doctoral thesis awarded by the government of Catalonia (Spain). Her Ph.D. won the Extraordinary Award of the Autonomous University of Barcelona awarded by the Department of Sciences of Antiquity and the Middle Ages and a Jury’s Honorable Mention of the Institut d'Estudis Montjuïc (Barcelona, Spain). The candidate has a strong track record as a specialist in Roman Domestic Architecture. Her studies have been published in peer-review journals and had a Jury’s Honorable Mention in the VI Premio per l'Archeologia (Forma Orbis) for an essay on the domestic architecture of the Roman city of Empuries (Spain), an ancient Greek colony and Roman commercial spot. This Phd was published in 2014 as a book in the Series of Union Academique Internationale. 

Dr. Cortés has worked in several archaeological fieldworks, including excavations (as a director and member staff), field and geophysical prospections. She also has been hired to design contents for musealizations.

Since October 2018, she has been working as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, developing a project that studies a specific Roman house that we can find in Roman colonies and cities with a Greek background.


Luisa Migliorati (Supervisor,

Prof.  Migliorati is an associate professor of Ancient Urbanism at Università di Roma, La Sapienza – Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità and she is a teacher at the postgraduate course in Cultural Heritage and at the Ph.D. in Archaeology (Ancient Topography). She is the scientific director of the Italian Committee for Tabula Imperii Romani under the patronage of UAN and board member of UAI, and she is the representative of the departmental committee: 2005-08, 2010-2012, 2014- and member of the Management Committee for Italy in the Cost Action TD1406 (Innovation in Intelligent Management of Heritage Building) 2015-2019. Since 2006 she ihas been a member of the scientific committee for the online review Gradus, Archeologia dell’acqua and since 2010 she is Coordinator of Ancient Topography curriculum, within the Ph.D. in Archaeology. Since 2013 she has been part of the Evaluation Committee of Research Quality in Italian Universities and since 2014 of SIR project too. She was in UIF (Université franco-italienne) evaluation committee. She was member of several Committees for the final examination of PhD in Archaeology, also as European member to confer the title of Doctor Europaeus. In 2009, she received the International Award “Sebetia-Ter” for Archaeology, silver Plate from the President of the Italian Republic. She has been teaching assignment at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, México (2015, 2017). Since 2016 she has been member of the Teachers board in the II level Master "Architecture for Archaeology" of Sapienza, and she is teacher and co-coordinator of a module (Archaeology-Territory relation as Landscape interpreting) of this master. She has been/is director of some archaeological excavations/surveys in Italy. Currently, she is director of yearly excavations, surveys and small scale drawing in Peltuinum (L’Aquila) with Italian and foreigner universities and Ph.D. students. Her interests cover mainly ancient towns and the changes they underwent. About this topic, she is particularly interested in the relation between town and theatre and the post-classical alterations the Roman theatre underwent involving the city district it was built in. As her experience and her publications show, Prof. Migliorati is one of the top international specialists in ancient urbanism, its evolutions and cultural exchanges. Her work and experience in the architectural knowledge, both Greek and Roman, have been widely recognised, and also her research on the evolution of a particular building (in this case the theatre of Peltuinum) through their cultural influences and urbanism. All this important background is essential for the proper execution of the Tetrastylon Project.

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