Location: Genzano di Roma, Roma, Italy
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
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.
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