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The Gabii Project

Location: Rome, Italy

June 28, 2015 to August 1, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: gabii_project_2015_flyer.pdf

Program Type

Field school



University of Michigan

Project Director:

Nicola Terrenato

Project Description

The Gabii Project was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium B.C.E. Located in the region of Italy once known as Latium, the site of Gabii was occupied since at least the tenth century B.C.E. until its decline in the second and third centuries A.D. Amazingly, in subsequent centuries the site of Gabii was never developed or even substantially occupied, nor has the urban area ever been the site of major, stratigraphic excavations. As such, the site provides a unique opportunity to study the development and structure of Archaic urban planning in Central Italy, both monumental and civic architecture, domestic space, and all other corollary studies.

The Gabii Project is an international archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. The field research of the Gabii Project began with a geophysical survey of ca. 40 hectares of Gabii's urban center in 2007 and 2008.  After the 2007 season, initial findings encouraged a full-scale magnetometry survey of the urban area and this was completed by autumn 2008.  The initial findings presented evidence of a previously unknown urban grid within the line of Gabii's ancient walls, and it was on this basis that major excavations commenced in June 2009. This initial phase continued until 2014, and a new season is planned for 2015.

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Iron Age to Roman Imperial Period

The archaeological field program of the Gabii Project is a 5‐week, on‐site program conducted at the site of the ancient Latin city of Gabii, 18 km due east of modern Rome in central Italy. The field program aims to introduce students to the techniques and methodologies of field archaeology through direct, hands‐on, experiential learning, imparting both practical skills and contextual training. The field program stresses the range of techniques that make up the archaeologist’s toolkit, from frontline excavation strategies, to data recording and modeling, artifacts recovery and processing / analysis, as well as scientific applications that include the recovery of environmental data. In addition to the on‐site instruction, the program provides an opportunity for students to contextualize their on‐site work, and the site itself, through excavation tours given at regular intervals, off‐site lectures and readings. Students will participate in a final, evaluation exercise. Students can earn 6 credit hours.

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

  • The team will be accommodated in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood in dormitory/apartments provided and administered by Accent International.
  • Student accommodations have two to four bedrooms with one to two bathrooms per residence.
  • All accommodations have been renovated recently and include common area, kitchen facilities, refrigerator, washing machine, television, and wireless internet. On-site 24-hour/7-days-a-week logistical support is also included.
  • Team members will also have access to a study center / business center operated by Accent International.
  • The program fee covers the cost of lunch (Monday-Friday), but not other meals which are self-catering.
$4,200 (inclusive of accommodation in Rome, Italy, insurance, equipment, and local transportation)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Verona
Number of credits offered 6
included in the participation fee


Contact Information
Nicola Terrenato
Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 435 South State St.
Ann Arbor
Recommended Bibliography: 

M. Mogetta and J. A. Becker, 2014. "Archaeological Research at Gabii, Italy: The Gabii Project Excavations 2009-2011." American Journal of Archaeology 118.1: 171-88.

J. A. Becker, M. Mogetta, N. Terrenato. 2009. “A new plan for an ancient Italian city: Gabii revealed.” American Journal of Archaeology 113.4: 629-42.

David Potter and Benjamin Fortson. 2011. "A Fragmentary Early Republican Public Inscription from Gabii." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 178: 255-60.

Becker, J.A. and J. Nowlin. 2011. "Orientalizing Infant Burials from Gabii, Italy." BABESCH 86:27-39.

Seasonal summaries (2007-2011) have appeared on the website of FASTI Online (