Amedeo Maiuri (January 7, 1886 – April 7, 1963) was an Italian archaeologist, famous for his archaeological investigations of the Roman city of Pompeii which was destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August of AD 79. He was the first to conduct systematic scientific excavations, analysis and publication at Pompeii and other sites around Vesuvius.
In 1924, Maiuri was installed as the chief archaeologist of Pompeii, serving as director until 1961. Maiuri's work at Pompeii was revolutionary and he exposed many remains, and proposed chronologies, that are still at the focus of scholarly discussion. Maiuri's work included, for the first time, excavations below the Roman destruction level of 79 AD when he chose to excavate one of the most famous houses of Pompeii, the House of the surgeon to investigate the earlier history of the city.
Maiuri excavated other cities destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius, such as Herculaneum.
The few remains of the Tiberian villa Damecuta are the result of excavations done between 1937–48 by Maiuri (who also excavated Villa Jovis), on land donated to the Italian Government by Axel Munthe, celebrated author of The Story of San Michele.
Maiuri died in Naples in 1963.
- A. Maiuri, “Studi e ricerche sulle fortificazioni di Pompei.” Monumenti Antichi 33 (1929): 113–290
- Maiuri, Amedeo. L'anfiteatro flavio puteolano. Napoli : G. Macchiaroli, 1955.OCLC 79380459
- A. Maiuri, “Pompei. Sterro dei cumuli e isolamento della cinta murale. Contributo all’urbanistica della città dissepolta.” In Bollettino d’Arte 45 (1960): 172, L. García y García Danni di guerra a Pompei, 167.