Gabii Project

Gabii Project An international team of archaeologists excavating the ancient site of Gabii, aiming to document how the city developed.

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 BC. Located in the region of Italy once known as Latium, the site of Gabii was occupied since at least the tenth century BC until its decline in the second and third centuries AD. 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. Since Gabii eventually became a part of the Roman Empire – first as a member of the Latin League and later as a town with municipal status - numerous important intersections exist between Gabii and Rome. This awareness of the linkages between Gabii and Rome is but one motivation for further archaeological investigation of this urban center. The Gabii Project seeks not only to explore and understand the archaeology of the city of Gabii but also to situate and contextualize our understanding of Gabii in the wider orbits of Central Italy and the Roman Empire. It is also important to achieve a better understanding of the urban development of Gabii herself and the relationship that existed among the cities of Latium in antiquity.

Mission: The excavation, documentation, and preservation of the ancient Latin city of Gabii in central Italy and the dissemination of scholarly results.

Here's an update on some of the newest work going on at Gabii."The Street System of Gabii: New Evidence on the Republica...
07/02/2019

Here's an update on some of the newest work going on at Gabii.

"The Street System of Gabii: New Evidence on the Republican Phases" Marcello Mogetta, Matt Naglak, Andrew C. Johnston, and Mattia D'Acri

PDF fastionline → https://bit.ly/2FMC2Uu

📣 The latest FOLD&R #Italy Series, 438.
Marcello Mogetta, Andrew C. Johnson, Matthew C. Naglak, and Mattia D’Acri (2019): "The Street System of Gabii: New Evidence on the Republican Phases"
PDF fastionline → https://bit.ly/2FMC2Uu 📖
or PDF academia → https://bit.ly/2FLLVCe
Record Sheet FO → https://bit.ly/2NmbzDt

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Congratulations to our Archaeobotany Team and their wonderful work at the International Workgroup for Paleoethnobotany i...
06/07/2019

Congratulations to our Archaeobotany Team and their wonderful work at the International Workgroup for Paleoethnobotany in Lecce! They are getting ready for the upcoming season and can't wait to introduce new team members to all the wonderful things plants can teach us about the ancient world!

04/10/2019

Congratulations to Parrish Wright for being awarded the prestigious Rome Prize!

For those considering Gabii this summer, make sure to also look at these two great funding opportunities. We've had grea...
02/13/2019
Fieldwork Fellowship - The Etruscan Foundation

For those considering Gabii this summer, make sure to also look at these two great funding opportunities. We've had great success with both in the past!

Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship
https://www.etruscanfoundation.org/programs/fieldwork-fellowship/

AIA Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship
https://www.archaeological.org/grants/708

A Fellowship Program for Fieldwork The Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship is designed to support participation in field schools or archaeological fieldwork at Etruscan and indigenous sites of non-Greek Italy from the Neolithic through the 1st Century BCE. Application The Etruscan Foundation Fi...

01/22/2019
A Morning with Topo

Every morning our wonderful topography team makes sure we can accurately record our work for the day. If you too want to learn to set up the total station and shade umbrella make sure to fill out our 2019 application! http://gabiiproject.org/apply-now/

The Gabii Project is having a strong showing and a blast at the #aiascs
01/05/2019

The Gabii Project is having a strong showing and a blast at the #aiascs

01/02/2019

For those attending the #AIASCS2019 here is a quick guide to when and where we will discuss all things Gabii.

SESSION 2D
10:45am Marriott Grand Ballroom 5
"Beyond Fora: A Mid-Republican 'Piazza' Space in the Latin City of Gabii" by Andrew C. Johnston, Yale University, and Matt Naglak, University of Michigan

Poster Session 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Pacific Ballroom
"Connecting the Dots: A Study of Anepigraphic Brick Stamps at Gabii" by Christina Cha, Florida State University

"Why Do We Post? Accessibility, Engagement, and Building Connections through Social Media" by Sabina Ion, the Gabii Project

SESSION 3A
1:45 pm Marriott Grand Ballroom 2
"Gabine Graffiti: Inscribed Ceramics from Gabii, Italy" (15 min) by Parrish Wright, University of Michigan

For all of you stuck in the middle of winter finals and dreaming of summer, take a look at the wonderful opportunities t...
12/13/2018
Why excavations are a great summer experience, even for non-majors

For all of you stuck in the middle of winter finals and dreaming of summer, take a look at the wonderful opportunities the Gabii Project can provide for classics/archaeology majors and non-majors alike. The next field season is only 185 days away!

http://lapisgabinus.blogspot.com/2018/12/why-excavations-are-great-summer.html

Why go on an archaeological excavation if you’re not an Archaeology major? Over the course of ten season we have had a variety of undergr...

While there is still another month of 2018 left, the Gabii Project is pleased to announce our 2019 field season. For mor...
11/21/2018

While there is still another month of 2018 left, the Gabii Project is pleased to announce our 2019 field season. For more details please see our website http://gabiiproject.org or email us at [email protected].

Gabii had a great time at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s Family Day today! Many wool bracelets were made, fibers w...
10/21/2018

Gabii had a great time at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s Family Day today! Many wool bracelets were made, fibers were spun, and the intricacies of tablet weaving was explored. We all agreed that making clothes must have taken a long long time for the Gabines.

Want a fun way to celebrate International Archaeology Day? Our friends over at Spotist have created a spot the differenc...
10/20/2018
Spotist

Want a fun way to celebrate International Archaeology Day? Our friends over at Spotist have created a spot the difference game that is all archaeology themed (and features a little bit of Gabii!). Download the app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spotist/id1403573854?mt=8 and make sure to play at 1pm EST today for some beautiful photos and a chance to win $100!

09/19/2018

For those near Gabii, the site will be open to the public on Saturday September 22nd! Guided tours are available at 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 3:30pm. Call 06 2261887 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Visitors will have a chance to see the soprintendenza excavations, just down the road from our excavation and see the excellent work other teams are doing to uncover the archaeology of Gabii.

The Soprintendenza's post about Gabii. The last picture is from our excavations.
08/01/2018

The Soprintendenza's post about Gabii. The last picture is from our excavations.

Roma prima di Roma. L’antica città di #Gabii si inserisce nello scenario dei grandi centri laziali al momento della nascita di Roma e, insieme a Tibur e Praeneste, era tra le città che controllavano la bassa valle dell'Aniene e gli accessi alla valle del Sacco e del Liri. Costituì un importante centro politico e culturale nel Latium vetus. I resti dell’antica città assumono un'importanza che deriva dalla sacralità di questi luoghi strettamente connessi con la civiltà latina, al cui interno si colloca la nascita della stessa Roma.

Wrapping up our last week in the field we welcomed even more visitors to site and got to be visitors! Thank you to Profe...
07/26/2018

Wrapping up our last week in the field we welcomed even more visitors to site and got to be visitors! Thank you to Professor Diana Kleiner and Fred Kleiner (Yale University) for visiting our site. Welcome back to David Potter (University of Michigan) and Daniele Maras (SABAP-RM-MET). We upped our adorable level when Andrew C. Johnston brought his family to visit. Finally, we got to visit SIGNUM VORTUMNI: Under the Palatine Project!

Gabii Project's cover photo
07/21/2018

Gabii Project's cover photo

It's hard to believe the last week of digging is already here. We hope that everyone leaves with happy memories and not ...
07/21/2018

It's hard to believe the last week of digging is already here. We hope that everyone leaves with happy memories and not too horrible farmer's tans. Thank you to everyone for the excellent season!

It's hard to believe the last week of digging is already here. We hope that everyone leaves with happy memories and not too horrible farmer's tans. Thank you to everyone for the excellent season!

Russia 2018 was just the prelude to a far more important soccer trowelphy...
07/20/2018

Russia 2018 was just the prelude to a far more important soccer trowelphy...

Russia 2018 was just the prelude to a far more important soccer trowelphy...

Cheyenne Marie Eversole collected on her gelato tonight, thanks again Dylan Spina for the super close guess of how many ...
07/19/2018

Cheyenne Marie Eversole collected on her gelato tonight, thanks again Dylan Spina for the super close guess of how many sherds in the cassetta!

Our first round of student blogs are now up! Stop by http://agergabinus.blogspot.com/ to hear Megan E. Richter talk abou...
07/19/2018
Ager Gabinus: dispatches from the field

Our first round of student blogs are now up! Stop by http://agergabinus.blogspot.com/ to hear Megan E. Richter talk about her fun off site exploits as a T-Rex, Olivia Joyce Lockett uncover an ancient Roman road, see Alan DK Armstrong use the word geomatics for a reason, Lindsey Moreland discuss her work in Finds School, and James Hua recount his first (and certainly not last) time working on an archaeological project.

This blog provides a forum for students and staff members of the Gabii Project to reflect upon their experiences in the field.

It's hard to believe the last week of digging is already here. We hope that everyone leaves with happy memories and not ...
07/18/2018

It's hard to believe the last week of digging is already here. We hope that everyone leaves with happy memories and not too horrible farmer's tans. Thank you to everyone for the excellent season!

It's hard to believe the last week of digging is already here. We hope that everyone leaves with happy memories and not too horrible farmer's tans. Thank you to everyone for the excellent season!

This week we were able to have even more visitors come and see what we have been working on the past four weeks. Thank y...
07/15/2018

This week we were able to have even more visitors come and see what we have been working on the past four weeks. Thank you to Annalisa Falcone (Istituto Centrale per l'Archeologia) and Valeria Acconcia (also ICA), Daniele Putorti, Sarah Della Giustina, Marta Novelli, John North Hopkins and his team from SIGNUM VORTUMNI: Under the Palatine Project.

With a tour of the Villa Giulia, the official Italian launch of our publication, and so many more layers to excavate we ...
07/13/2018

With a tour of the Villa Giulia, the official Italian launch of our publication, and so many more layers to excavate we are really kicking it into high gear for the fourth week of excavation.

With a tour of the Villa Giulia, the official Italian launch of our publication, and so many more layers to excavate we are really kicking it into high gear for the fourth week of excavation.

We sure clean up nicely! Thank you to the Crypta Balbi and all of our speakers for helping us introduce our digital exca...
07/13/2018

We sure clean up nicely! Thank you to the Crypta Balbi and all of our speakers for helping us introduce our digital excavation volume to an Italian audience. For those who are interested the volume is available for free until September 2018 at the following link. doi.org/10.3998/mpub.9231782

We sure clean up nicely! Thank you to the Crypta Balbi and all of our speakers for helping us introduce our digital excavation volume to an Italian audience. For those who are interested the volume is available for free until September 2018 at the following link. doi.org/10.3998/mpub.9231782

With a tour of the Villa Giulia, the official Italian launch of our publication, and so many more layers to excavate we ...
07/10/2018

With a tour of the Villa Giulia, the official Italian launch of our publication, and so many more layers to excavate we are really kicking it into high gear for the fourth week of excavation.

With a tour of the Villa Giulia, the official Italian launch of our publication, and so many more layers to excavate we are really kicking it into high gear for the fourth week of excavation.

How many pot sherds in the cassetta? Reward? Gelato from our fantastic finds team- if you are guessing from stateside, n...
07/09/2018

How many pot sherds in the cassetta? Reward? Gelato from our fantastic finds team- if you are guessing from stateside, nominate a team member who you want to get gelatto if you are the closest! 🏺🍨

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!
07/07/2018

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!

We had another week full of visitors! Daniele Maras (SABAP-RM-MET), Rafael Scopacasa (University of Minas Gerais), Angel...
07/06/2018

We had another week full of visitors! Daniele Maras (SABAP-RM-MET), Rafael Scopacasa (University of Minas Gerais), Angela Trentacoste (Oxford University), Paulo Maranzana (Koc University), Marco Cavalazzi (University of Bologna), and Stefano Volta (Arche' Restauri).

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!
07/05/2018

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!

What type of pasta "is life"? What new and fancy archaeological terms can our students now impress friends and family wi...
07/04/2018
These are a few of our favorite things

What type of pasta "is life"? What new and fancy archaeological terms can our students now impress friends and family with? Is the leaf trowel sufficiently respected? Find out the answers to these critical question on our most recent blog post!
https://lapisgabinus.blogspot.com/2018/07/these-are-few-of-our-favorite-things.html

Halfway through the season we have learned a lot about archaeology and are now settled into the daily routine of coming to site. Two and a h...

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!
07/03/2018

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!

The heat has settled in and we are feeling it, but along with the heat comes another week of exciting discoveries!

We began the week with a tour of the Roman Forum and then got right back in the trenches. All week long we have been hav...
06/28/2018

We began the week with a tour of the Roman Forum and then got right back in the trenches. All week long we have been having pleasantly cool weather and welcome it as long as it lasts.

We began the week with a tour of the Roman Forum and then got right back in the trenches. All week long we have been having pleasantly cool weather and welcome it as long as it lasts.

We began the week with a tour of the Roman Forum and then got right back in the trenches. All week long we have been hav...
06/27/2018

We began the week with a tour of the Roman Forum and then got right back in the trenches. All week long we have been having pleasantly cool weather and welcome it as long as it lasts.

We began the week with a tour of the Roman Forum and then got right back in the trenches. All week long we have been having pleasantly cool weather and welcome it as long as it lasts.

We have been busy all week with visitors. It is always a pleasure to share the site of Gabii with others! Thank you to T...
06/27/2018

We have been busy all week with visitors. It is always a pleasure to share the site of Gabii with others! Thank you to Ted Pena, Dan Diffendale, Laura Motta, and her Roots of Italian Taste class for stopping by.

06/26/2018

We will be missing some of our Gabii staff over the next two days as they take part in Diverging Trajectories: Urbanism and the Roman Conquest of Italy Conference at the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome - KNIR.

Marcello Mogetta and Andrew C. Johnston are presenting tomorrow (June 27) at 9:30 “Filling in the Gaps: The Urban Development of Mid-Republican Gabii.”

Nic Terrenato will be a discussant at the final round table Thursday (June 28) at 15:30.

This conference is open to the public, please join us if you are in Rome!

Thank you to Doctor Professor Stefano Campana for coming and visiting Gabii earlier this week, we enjoyed having you!
06/24/2018

Thank you to Doctor Professor Stefano Campana for coming and visiting Gabii earlier this week, we enjoyed having you!

The students arrive on site and work begins! Out first week kicks off with orienting the students around Rome and then i...
06/24/2018

The students arrive on site and work begins! Out first week kicks off with orienting the students around Rome and then introducing them to the site of Gabii and archaeological procedures.

The students arrive on site and work begins! Out first week kicks off with orienting the students around Rome and then i...
06/20/2018

The students arrive on site and work begins! Out first week kicks off with orienting the students around Rome and then introducing them to the site of Gabii and archaeological procedures.

The students arrive on site and work begins! Out first week kicks off with orienting the students around Rome and then introducing them to the site of Gabii and archaeological procedures.

A lot of hard work goes into getting the site ready for all the students to arrive. Equipment needs to be taken out of s...
06/15/2018

A lot of hard work goes into getting the site ready for all the students to arrive. Equipment needs to be taken out of storage, cleaning needs to happen, and our trenches need to be opened again. Luckily, we have the help of our experienced staff (and a few new members) to make the process go smoothly.

A lot of hard work goes into getting the site ready for all the students to arrive. Equipment needs to be taken out of s...
06/12/2018

A lot of hard work goes into getting the site ready for all the students to arrive. Equipment needs to be taken out of storage, cleaning needs to happen, and our trenches need to be opened again. Luckily, we have the help of our experienced staff (and a few new members) to make the process go smoothly.

Soprintendenza Speciale Roma
04/24/2018

Soprintendenza Speciale Roma

#MuseumWeek #cityMW una città antica sulla Prenestina, in una Roma prima di Roma, alla scoperta di #Gabii Soprintendenza Speciale Roma

Gabii Volume 1 is now available to access using the new University of Michigan reading platform, Fulcrum. A platform des...
04/11/2018
A Mid-Republican House From Gabii

Gabii Volume 1 is now available to access using the new University of Michigan reading platform, Fulcrum. A platform designed with specialists in mind, providing a new, more intuitive e-reader to engage with the textual narrative and updates to the 3D user interface (including a wonderful, new minimap)! Check out A Mid-Republican House from Gabii at https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.9231782, this digital publication is open access until June 2018.

Written and crafted with Tyler Duane Johnson, Antonio F. Ferrandes, Laura Banducci, Francesca Alhaique, Laura Motta, Shannon Ness, Jason Farr, Samantha Lash, and Matthew Naglak

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General information

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 initial findings 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. The 2018 field season will be our project's ninth year of excavation. The initial phase of excavations will continue through the foreseeable future. The project operates a multi-national volunteer field school in conjunction with its excavation activities each summer. Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 434 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390 U.S.A.

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