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

Location: Genzano di Roma, Roma, Italy

July 3, 2011 to July 29, 2011

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Montclair State University

Project Director:

Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Dr. Timothy Renner, Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies, Montclair State University

Project Description

This field work project at the “Villa of the Antonines” will explore the remains of a Roman imperial villa located along the route of the ancient Via Appia, adjacent to the modern town of Genzano, in the Alban Hills region only 18 miles from Rome. The villa is believed to have been property of the second century C.E. imperial family of the Antonines, on the basis of literary references and the discovery of several busts of emperors that today are on display in the Capitoline Museums in Rome. In spite of its importance, this villa has been only partly explored by archaeologists. In 2010 we started new investigations of the villa, focusing on a curvilinear structure next to the bath complex. The 2011 season will aim to improve our understanding of the layout and the history of the villa by further investigating this and other structures.

During the four-week program each student will be introduced to all aspects of field archaeology and will receive hands on experience in on-site recordkeeping, documentation, and laboratory practice, including data management and the interpretation of archaeological evidence, especially ceramics. Students will also be exposed to the rich ancient and contemporary ways of life of Italy through cultural activities and weekend excursions to historical and archaeological sites in Rome, the Alban Lakes region (including the ancient Sanctuary of Diana at Nemi), and the Tivoli area (Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este).

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Imperial

Excavation of the Roman Imperial Villa of the Antonines

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

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 in double - quadruple rooms at a hotel near the excavation site. The program fee will include three meals per day at the restaurant hotel or on the excavation site (excluding weekend meals) and most weekend field trip costs. Cost does not include airfare and tuition.

$3,500-3,000 (contingent upon final budget)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Montclair State University
Number of credits offered 6 (undergraduate and graduate)
Undergraduate: approximately $2,000 (New Jersey residents), $3,200 (non-New Jersey residents); Graduate: approximately $3,400 (New Jersey residents), $5,000 (non-New Jersey residents).


Contact Information
Prof. Timothy Renner
Department of Classics - Montclair State University - 1 Normal Avenue
New Jersey
United States
Recommended Bibliography: 

N. Cassieri, G. Ghini, “La cosiddetta villa degli Antonini al XVIII miglio della via Appia,” Quaderni del Centro di studio per l'archeologia etrusco-italica18: 168-178, 1990