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Excavation

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

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  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • During the 2016 season we continued to explore Area 1, where the amphitheater and the baths are located, and Area 2, ca. 150 m north of Area 1, where excavation revealed rooms decorated with black-and-white mosaics.

    The continuation of the investigation in Area 1 revealed new data on the layout of the substructures of the amphitheater. In the zone just west of room ζ, known since 2010, we have determined the presence of walls in connection with an underground passageway, orthogonal to the central longitudinal gallery of the building. Nonetheless, it is not clear yet if there is symmetry with the western side, where the 2015 investigation revealed the existence of an apsidal, barrel-vaulted underground chamber. Moreover, the discovery of a segment of a N-S wall showed that in the eastern sector there must have been a wall, parallel to those of the central corridor and touching at its extremities the innermost elliptical wall. This confirms the complexity of the underground passageway layout and therefore helps to corroborate the distinctive nature of this amphitheater, despite its small dimensions.

    In Area 2, on the basis of the presence of curving walls and a niche decorated with a gorgon mosaic uncovered in previous seasons, we opened targeted trenches in order to test the hypothesis that these structures might all have been part of a circular space (ca. 22 m diameter) with niches. This hypothesis is now strengthened by the discovery of a second, and possibly a third niche, the latter of which presented an additional fragmentary piece of mosaic.

    The artifacts uncovered this year in both areas are similar in typology to those found in previous seasons. In particular we found a great quantity of glass and black-and-white mosaic tiles, as well as fragments of marble and monochrome and polychrome fresco.

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

Director

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

Team

  • Carla Mattei
  • Carlo Albo
  • Deborah Chatr Aryamontri - Montclair State University
  • Greg Pope
  • Alessandro Blanco

Research Body

  • Montclair State University – Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies

Funding Body

  • Montclair State University

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