Falerii Novi (Lzaio, Italy)
Falerii Novi (Lzaio, Italy) – the impact of high resolution Ground-Penetrating Radar survey on understanding a Roman Republican city
Lecture by Prof Martin Millett FSA and Prof Frank Vermeulen FSA
Falerii Novi, founded after the defeat of the Falicans in 241BC, is a key site for understanding the development of urbanism in Roman Republican Italy. Today it lies in open fields with only the impressive town walls and a few buildings visible to the visitor. The site was the first complete town in Italy to be completely survey by magnetometry in the 1990s, and this provided the basis for a series of discussions about the planning and early development of the city. Notably, the survey revealed an unexpected series of temples around the periphery of the town.
Since 2015 we have returned to to site to undertake further survey, complementing the previous work. It is one of two Roman town sites that have been completely surveyed as part of an AHRC funded project that has deployed high resolution Ground-Penetrating Radar. The town covers about 28ha, and has been surveyed with GPR a resolution of one measurement every 6cm. The results provide stunning new images of the buried archaeology differentiated by depth, with the discovery of a series of buildings not detected by the magnetometry as well as a great deal more detail of previously known structures.
The work is innovative in terms of scale - never before have whole Roman towns been examined using GPR at this resolution. It is also important for the new information it provides about the planning and early development of a key site. The lecture will present the full information for the first time and will explore its broader historical significance.
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