Italian archaeologist who took over the excavations at Pompeii between 1860 and 1875 and was one of the first to apply the principles of stratigraphy and large‐area excavation. By dividing the city into a series of regions, his work allowed a systematic appraisal. He also developed a method for taking casts of hollows in the hardened ash which revealed the imprints of people, animals, plants, and wooden objects such as furniture. His training schools provided a source for many later archaeologists.
R. A. Genovese, 1992, Giuseppe Fiorelli e la tutela dei beni culturali dopo l'unità d'Italia. Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiano