David Hernandez

David Hernandez

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.A., University of Cincinnati
B.A., University of California at Berkeley        

245 O'Shaughnessy Hall
(574) 631-1382

Research Interest: Archaeology

Frequently Teaches: Archaeology of the Roman Empire; Classical Archaeology; Topography of Ancient Rome; History of Ancient Rome; The Ancient City of Butrint; Archaeology of Pompeii; Latin

David Hernandez received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati and his B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is Principal Investigator of the Roman Forum Excavations (RFE) Project at Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southern Albania.

Hernandez's research focuses on ancient urbanism in the region of Epeiros (S Albania and NW Greece) and, in particular, on the longterm development of the ancient city of Butrint. His work explores topics related to Greek and Roman colonization and topography, Archaic Greek iconography, Roman imperialism, the imperial cult, Latin epigraphy, excavation methods and stratigraphy, and the historical archaeology of the Late Mediaeval and Early Modern periods.

Hernandez has directed archaeological field projects at Butrint’s ancient necropolis (2004), at the Hellenistic city of Amantia (2008), and at the Late Bronze Age site at Mursi (2010). He has received fellowships and grants from Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library Foundation, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Butrint Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and Notre Dame’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

A dual citizen of the US and Spain, Hernandez began his career as an archaeologist working at the ancient city of Troy in Turkey.



ND Feature:

The Ancient City of Butrint: Uncovering a Cultural Treasure


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Recent Publications:

Hernandez, D. R., forthcoming (2019). “Epirus.” In A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, edited by B. Burrell. Wiley-Blackwell.

Hernandez, D. R. 2019. “The Abandonment of Butrint: From Venetian Enclave to Ottoman Backwater.” Hesperia 88.2, pp. 365-419.

Hernandez, D. R. and Dh. Çondi 2018. “The Agora and Forum at Butrint: A New Topography of the Ancient Urban Center.” In L’Illyrie méridionale et l’Épire dans l’antiquité VI. Actes du VIe colloque international (20-30 Mai 2015), Vol. 2, edited by J.-L. Lamboley, L. Përzhita and A. Skenderaj. Paris: De Boccard, pp. 629-646.


Hernandez, D. R. 2018. “Acculturation (“Romanization”) in Illyria and Epirus.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 31, pp. 876-882.


Hernandez, D. R. 2017. “Buthrotum's Sacred Topography and the Imperial Cult, I: The West Courtyard and Pavement Inscription.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 30, pp. 38-63.


Hernandez, D. R. 2017. “Butrint’s Death and Resurrection: The Medieval Lime-Kiln in the Roman Forum.” In Encounters, Excavations, and Argosies, edited by J. Moreland, J. Mitchell and B. Leal, Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 162-171.


Hernandez, D. R. 2017. “Bouthrotos (Butrint) in the Archaic and Classical Periods: The Acropolis and Temple of Athena Polias.” Hesperia 86.2, pp. 205-271.


Hernandez, D. R. 2017. “Battling Water: The Frontiers of Archaeological Excavations at Butrint (1928-2014).” Annual of the British School at Athens 112, pp. 1-34.


Hernandez, D. R. 2017. “Wet-Site Excavation and Field Methodology at Butrint, Albania (Bouthrotos/ Buthrotum): The Roman Forum Excavations (RFE) Project.” Journal of Field Archaeology 42, pp. 312-325.


Hernandez, D. R. 2016. “The Decorative Architecture of Hellenistic and Roman Epirus.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 29, pp. 858-863.


Hernandez, D. R. and Dh. Çondi 2015. “Forumi i Butrinti të dhëna të reja nga germimet në forumi romak.” Iliria XXXVIII (2014), pp. 149-172.


Hernandez, D. R. and Dh. Çondi 2015. “Forumi Romak Butrint.” Iliria XXXVII (2013), pp. 331-343.


Hernandez, D. R. and Dh. Çondi 2014. “The Formation of Butrint: New Insights from Excavations in the Roman Forum.” In Proceedings of the International Congress of Albanian Archaeological Studies, edited by L. Përzhita, I. Gjipali, G. Hoxha, and B. Muka. Tirana, pp. 285-302.