• Falerii Novi
  • Falerii Novi
  • Falerii Novi
  • Italy
  • Lazio
  • Province of Viterbo
  • Fabrica di Roma


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  • 300 BC - 1571 AD
  • 299 BC - 699 AD


    • A major ongoing geophysical survey has taken place over four seasons (1997-8, 2002, 2004 & 2008) at the Roman colony of Falerii Novi, undertaken by The University of Southampton, The University of Cambridge and the British School at Rome, first as part of The Tiber Valley Project and subsequently the Roman Towns in the Middle and Lower Tiber Valley Project. Falerii Novi is situated on the lower eastern slopes of Monti Cimino in the volcanic territory to the west of the Tiber valley, c. 50km north of Rome. The 1997-8 magnetometry survey proved very successful in the identification of many features in the urban setting. From the results, a clear interpretive map was created of the town, showing hundreds of buildings, both private and public, including warehouses, shops, market places, temples, a theatre, and the forum. The overall geophysical plan produced from the results also showed a clear street layout over most of the area which varies from the previous suggested layout of Di Stefano Manzella. The 2002-4 and 2008 seasons demonstrated that evidence for human activity at Falerii Novi extends beyond the towns circuit walls, revealing a possible gladiator training ground beside the amphitheatre, areas of cultivation, and a wealth of mausolea and possible rock cut burial chambers clustering along the edges of roads leading from the town. The clarity of the geophysical results from Falerii Novi and the large area covered by the survey provided us with one of the most complete town plans from Roman Italy; only Pompeii and Ostia offer similarly extensive plans. The results have considerable potential in shedding new light upon key issues in the development of Roman urbanism.
    • The first season of excavations of the multi-year Falerii Novi Project took place in June 2022. The preceding non-invasive investigations of the site (Keay et al, 2000; Verdonck et al, 2020) provided detailed plans of the interior of the city which has enabled the formulation of an excavation methodology to precisely target buildings and areas of interaction within the city. This was further enhanced in 2021 by a campaign of surface survey and coring to refine the understanding of the site’s configuration and chronological development (Bernard et al, 2021). The 2022 excavations focused upon three areas within the city, including a domus, the macellum and a street intersection on the main Via Amerina inside the South Gate. The excavation area near the South Gate, aimed to identify the Via Amerina (cardo maximus), as well as establish the typology and chronology of the buildings that opened on to the principal road within the city. The trench, measuring 15 x 15m, revealed an east-west paved road, a series of rooms (one paved in opus spicatum) and an open, or porticoed area with a tiled drain. The excavation (10 x 10m) of part of a domus south of the Forum revealed a large rectangular room framed by walls of tuff blocks in opus quadratum that formed part of the domestic structure. Interior finishes and floors were destroyed already in antiquity. Construction technique and a tuff column capital within the destruction layer may suggest a late Republican or Early Imperial date. The excavation of the macellum, located behind the apse of the church of Santa Maria in Falerii investigated an area of 10 x 5m. The work revealed three rooms with at least four phases of construction visible in the walls. The central room appears to have served as the primary entrance to the macellum, while the two flanking spaces likely functioned as shops.


    • S. Keay, M. Millett, 1998, Roman towns in the Middle Tiber Valley, in Papers of The British School at Rome 66: 258-259.
    • S. Keay, M. Millett et al., 2000, Falerii Novi: a New Survey of the Walled Area, in Papers of the British School at Rome 68: 1-93.
    • S. Keay, M. Millett, S. Poppy, J. Robinson, J. Taylor and N. Terrenato, 2004, New approaches to Roman urbanism in the Tiber Valley, in H. Patterson (ed.), Bridging the Tiber, approaches to regional archaeology in the middle Tiber valley. Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome, 13, London: 223-236.
    • S. Keay, M. Millett, M. (with contributions from J. Taylor, S. Poppy and J. Robinson) 1999, Roman Towns in the Middle Tiber Valley, in Papers of the British School at Rome 67: 419-421.
    • M. Millett, S. Keay, 2003, Tiber Valley Towns: fieldwork in 2002, in Papers of the British School at Rome 71: 317-318.
    • Bernard, S., Andrews, M., Ceccarelli, L., Dodd, E., Kay, S., Leone, N., and Vermeulen, F. (2022) The Falerii Novi Project: the 2021 Season. Papers of the British School at Rome 90, 341–45. doi: 10.1017/S006824622200006X.
    • Verdonck, L., A. Launaro, F. Vermeulen, M. Millett. 2020. ‘Ground-penetrating radar survey of Falerii novi: a new approach to the study of Roman cities.’ Antiquity 94: 705-23.