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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Nicola Terrenato (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
At the Roots of Roman Urbanism: The Gabii Project

Archaeological excavation and analysis at the ancient city site of Gabii, near Rome. See website at

The Gabii Project is in the process of making a very significant difference to our understanding of the origins of Roman urbanism. It revolves around a decade-long, large-scale excavation of a unique major center, the Latin city of Gabii. Since the city was almost completely abandoned by the 1st century BCE, it offers unparalleled access to those Mid-Republican, Archaic and Iron Age levels that have proven so elusive elsewhere. Seven campaigns of excavation have so far already produced key advances in our knowledge. This complex stratigraphic context is being recorded with innovative 3D digital techniques, directly geared to a new kind of peer-reviewed online publication of the excavation results. Continuing and extending this excavation would allow the discovery of another major Mid-Republican public area of the city and the complete investigation of an Iron Age elite compound, throwing more crucial light on the formation process of Roman cities.

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Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$246,780 (approved)
$219,646 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2019