Abstract: The Gabii Project excavation in Central Italy: The mystery of the ‘lead burrito’
In 2009, large-scale excavations were resumed in the Latin city of Gabii, less than 20 km from Rome, for the first time since the 1700s. Slowly, the urban fabric of a center that in its early days rivaled Rome is coming to light. A regular grid of streets, houses, larger buildings and tombs being uncovered over an area of thousands of square meters. The lecture presents an overview of the recent discoveries, focusing in particular on a massive lead coffin found in the later levels of the city. This unique artifact poses all sorts of complex questions, from who was buried inside to how to conservate it properly. The Gabii Project as a whole is shedding important light on the rise and fall of a great city of the first millennium BCE.