2019 “Villa of the Antonines” in Genzano di Roma Excavation and Field School

Location: Genzano di Roma , RM, IT

Season: June 30, 2019 to July 27, 2019

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling

Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS) and Department of Classics, Montclair State University

Project Director:
Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Dr. Timothy Renner

Project Description:

This fieldwork project will continue to explore the remains of a second century CE Roman imperial villa located near the route of the ancient Via Appia in the Alban Hills region, 18 miles from the center of Rome.  On the basis of literary references and the 18th century discovery of several busts of emperors that today are on display in the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the villa is believed to have been property of the imperial family of the Antonines.  In spite of its potential significance, the site had been only sparsely explored by archaeologists prior to the start of our project in 2010.  Since then, we have established the presence of a small amphitheater, located next to a bath complex and perhaps identical with the one “at Lanuvium” utilized by Commodus for beast-killing exploits, as mentioned in the “Times New Roman””>Historia Augusta.  

Students will work hands-on with the numerous finds, which include pieces of costly decorative marble, mosaic colored glass   Especially, we continue to explore the latter’s system of passageways and rooms beneath the arena, which make it stand out from most smaller structures of this type.

During the four-week program students will be introduced to all aspects of field archaeology and will gain experiential skills in on-site recordkeeping, documentation, and laboratory practice, including data management and the interpretation of archaeological evidence. The field school will include also lectures and workshops on geophysics applied to archaeology and on surveying.  At the same time, students will be exposed to the rich ancient history of Italy through cultural activities and weekend excursions to historical and archaeological sites. In their free time, students are encouraged to explore contemporary life of Italy, especially the pleasant town of Genzano di Roma, where the Villa of the Antonines site is located.  

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Imperial

Roman Imperial villa excavation; architectural remains; Harris matrix; topography; archaeological drafting; geoarchaeology; restoration and conservation principles.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prerequisites or prior field experience are required, although participants who have had coursework in archaeology or Classics will be preferred. Participants must also be aware that this program will require long hours of work in hot weather conditions that can be physically demanding and mentally challenging.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Participants will be housed at a hotel. Each room accommodates from 2 to 4 people and has a private bathroom, free wi-fi, a TV, a telephone. Laundromat facilities are available nearby. The program cost covers breakfast and lunch five days per week. Breakfasts will be taken at the hotel restaurant, while lunch will be eaten at the excavation site.  On Saturday and Sunday breakfast will be provided. Cost includes shuttling to and from site, tools/supplies at site and lab, guest lecturers, workshops, one day week-end field trip Cost: approximately $3,700

Academic Credit:
6 credits offered by Montclair State University. Tuition is Included in the program cost for undergraduate students and volunteers; graduate students should consult the co-directors for details. Scholarships available..

Contact Information:

Timothy Renner, Department of Classics

1 Normal Ave.


New Jersey



Phone: 9736557420

Fax: 9736555446

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