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Excavation

  • c.d. Villa degli Antonini
  • Genzano di Roma
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  • Italy
  • Latium
  • Rome
  • Nemi

Summary (English)

  • The fourth season of excavation has confirmed beyond doubt that the “curvilinear structure” investigated since 2010 is part of an amphitheatre.

    In addition to the sector (Saggio A) opened in 2012 ca. 30 m to the west of the “curvilinear structure,” two new sectors (Saggio C and Saggio E) were opened in order to more precisely establish a detailed plan of this building.
    Saggio E, planned to coincide with what was surmised to be the northern entrance, has not yet provided archaeological data on account of the enormous quantity of earth fill here. However, explorations in Saggio C confirmed the building type and established the exact curve of the ellipse.

    We continued to deepen our investigations in the northern part of the main excavation area near the spiral staircase identified in 2011. We also gave much attention to the strip just to the east of the amphitheatre in order to define its topographic relationship to the adjacent bath complex.
    New geophysical survey was carried out on a plot ca. 150m north of the already exposed remains. This area, at present an archery range, showed evidence of anomalies suggesting the presence of buried structures.

    Artifacts from the 2013 excavation continue to include very numerous fragments of white and colored marble, abundant mosaic tesserae in glass paste (several with gold leaf), brick stamps both inscribed and anepigraphic, and ceramic fragments, particularly African red slipware.
    Among the special finds are two fragments of mosaic glass, several coins of the later Empire, and an array of nails from carpentry work.

    For future seasons we envision not only further investigations at the amphitheatre and the zone between it and the baths, but also archaeological explorations at the archery range and geophysical survey work in the surrounding territory.

  • Deborah Chatr Aryamontri - Montclair State University 
  • Timothy Renner - Montclair State University 

Director

  • Deborah Chatr Aryamontri - Montclair State University
  • Timothy Renner - Montclair State University

Team

  • Carla Mattei
  • Consuelo Cecchini
  • Carlo Albo
  • Deborah Chatr Aryamontri - Montclair State University
  • Michele di Filippo - Sapienza. Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
  • Timothy Renner - Montclair State University
  • Flavio Cecchini
  • Siro Margottini
  • Daniele Nepi

Research Body

  • Montclair State University – Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies
  • Università di Roma “La Sapienza” - Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra

Funding Body

  • Montclair State University, The John J. Cali Foundation
  • Ralph J. Torraco Foundation, New Jersey

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