The Project

by | Feb 20, 2023

The Falerii Novi Project (FNP) is a multi-institutional excavation project at the site of Falerii Novi, an ancient city 50 km north of Rome in central Italy. The FNP began in 2021 with teams from Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the British School at Rome (see Partners ). ​​The site represents one of the finest available opportunities for the archaeological study of the long-run development of urbanism in ancient Italy. Falerii Novi was nearly completely abandoned in the post-Roman period, so it is now mostly a greenfield site within well-preserved ancient walls. Several decades of non-invasive research provide invaluable information that the FNP can use to inform its excavation areas (see Prior Excavations).

By using methods of stratigraphic excavation and multidisciplinary scientific study, the FNP aims to go beyond the site’s monumental areas and look at the city through a commercial-residential lens to learn more about the everyday life of its residents. Previous excavation at Falerii Novi has focused on monumental structures—the theatre, forum, and amphitheater. No knowledge exists of the commercial, economic, and everyday life of the city in any period. The team is planning six years of excavations, through which they will engage with recent trends in the study of Roman urbanism and integrate research methods previously used to a limited extent in urban contexts.

Learn more about dig activity by checking out information on the FNP’s dig seasons and areas of excavation.

Goals

The Falerii Novi Project has several goals, chief among them:

  • discover the occupational chronology of Falerii Novi
  • determine the relationship of Falerii Novi with its neighbors, surrounding landscape, and environment
  • make methodological contributions to classical and urban archaeology

The city’s basic layout as established through geophysical studies (see Prior Excavations) poses numerous topographical questions that can be explored in more detail using targeted excavation.

Seasons

Explore each completed dig season:

Areas

Explore all of the different excavation areas:

Preview some areas in this short video created after the 2022 season: