skip to content
 

Premise

The Faculty of Classics of the University of Cambridge (Dr Alessandro Launaro, Prof Martin J. Millett), in collaboration with the British School at Rome (Prof Christopher Smith) and the Soprintendenza Archeologica del Lazio (Dr Giovanna R. Bellini), and with the support of the British Academy, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and the Comune di Pignataro Interamna (FR, Italy), has carried out non-destructive archaeological research at the site of the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas and in the surrounding territory (Contrada Termine and Contrada Felci). This fieldwork season (4-21 July, 18-31 October 2011) has involved 3 main activities:

 

Results

All results from the different fieldwork activities converge in confirming the substantial success of the chosen methodologies in relation to the environmental and archaeological nature of the study area. Magnetometry has unquestionably shown its effectiveness by collecting a huge amount of data in a relatively short amount of time. Accordingly, the nature of the buried archaeology combined with the specific topographic and geological features of the area have doubtlessly indicated this technique as the most suitable. The testing of GPR techniques has proved equally successful by adding a further dimension and crucial details to our understanding of the urban layout of Interamna Lirenas. On the other hand, systematic field-survey hugely benefitted from its intensive character, which – among other things – is the reason behind the recovery of new sites in areas already investigated by the Canadian team. The fact that these sites are of rather limited size supports this opinion (a similar argument can be made with reference to offsites).

A lot of time has been devoted to the analysis and study of archaeological materials. Results have surpassed our most optimistic expectations in terms of both quantity and quality of finds. During field-survey we have collected 876 diagnostic finds (an average density of 8 diagnostic fragments per ha), many of them comparable with published materials. Coarseware especially has produced outstanding results as for its dating potential. This task made it possible to provide accurate chronologies for all sites and for a large share of the off-sites (the rest being nonetheless dated to more general periods).

 

Outreach

In addition to proper research activities – and somewhat complementary to them – a lot of emphasis has been put towards making our presence and fieldwork well known to the local population. During the whole period of the geophysical survey the archaeological area has been kept constantly open to anyone curious about it and willing to spend some time getting to know it. Following an official press release from the University of Cambridge, the discovery of the theatre received wide coverage locally (Ciociaria Oggi – 15/09/2012; Il Messaggero; – 15/10/2012), nationally (Focus.it) and abroad (The Independent; Minerva; Der Spiegel Online).

 

Publication

Results have been presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Soprintendenza Archeologica per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio (4-6 June 2013) and will be published in the Lazio e Sabina proceedings (2014). A short field report (in English) will also appear in the Papers of the British School at Rome (2013).

Latest news

Corbett Lecture 2021, “Sympathy and the Problem of Nature”

6 October 2021

Professor Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, will deliver this year’s Corbett Lecture in G19 on Thursday October 21 at 5.00 p.m.

Collaboration between the Faculty of Classics and the University of Ghana

20 October 2021

We are proud to announce that the Faculty of Classics has established a collaborative link with the University of Ghana, generously funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research fund. Developing new connections with Ghana promises to open up new possibilities for research and teaching, which will be beneficial for both...

SOUNDING ALDBOROUGH 2021 Episode 1

19 October 2021

The podcast for Aldborough Roman Town , written and presented by Dr Rose Ferraby, is now available. See the project page for more information .

Onassis Foundation endowing a fellowship for the creation of a new post in Classics

12 October 2021

A new University post linked to Newnham will continue a College tradition of teaching, research, and taking Classics out into the wider world that goes back more than a century to Jane Harrison. Newnham College, Cambridge is launching the Onassis Classics Fellowship in order to secure a permanent position for the teaching...