by | Mar 25, 2023

Season 1

In the summer of 2021, researchers from Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the BSR carried out a test pit campaign across the extent of the intramural site, indicated on the graphic below in aqua. Alongside, a team from the University of Ghent undertook a series of cores along two main axes of the site, indicated in red. The test pits measured 50 x 50 centimeters, 30 centimeters deep, and were spaced at 50 meter intervals. All of the objects recovered were cataloged and studied to help inform future dig areas.

Location of 2021 test pits (aqua) and cores (red).

Ceramics and coins from the 2021 campaign of the FNP confirm a significant fifth and sixth-century presence across those areas explored on the site. Based on the lack of any later finds in the earlier pedestrian survey, it had been suggested that Falerii Novi was abandoned shortly after the Lombard invasions of the late sixth century when much of the population perhaps moved back to the more defensible site of Civita Castellana, where early examples of Christian cults reusing Roman material might date to the seventh to ninth centuries AD. However, pottery recovered during the first campaigns of the FNP already encourage reconsideration of the timing of the city’s decline.

Read more: Bernard et al. 2022.

Season 2

In the summer of 2022, the project focused on excavation in three areas:

  • Area 1: the macellum (market)
  • Area 2: a domus (house)
  • Area 3: the South Gate (a commercial-residential area along a main road)

Find a photo of the 2022 team on the People page.

Read more: Andrews et al. 2023.

Season 3

In the summer of 2023, the project investigated new and existing areas:

  • Area 1: the macellum was extended north and south
  • Area 2: the domus was expanded eastward
  • Area 3: South Gate area was closed
  • Area 4: Insula XXXI was reinvestigated
  • Area 5: a new area in the northwestern corner of the forum was opened to study tabernae (shops) and several anomalies revealed in the GPR survey

Find a photo of the 2023 team on the People page.