Location: Rome, Italy
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 results 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. A 1-hectare portion of the city has been investigated through 2015, and a new season is planned for 2016.
Period(s) of Occupation: Early Iron Age to Roman Imperial Period
Room and Board Arrangements
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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.