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The 2016 Archaeological Campaign at Hadrian’s Villa

Columbia University summer program

Dog painting at Hadrian's Villa
photo by APAHA
  • Dog painting at Hadrian's Villa
  • Excavation
  • Doorway at Hadrian's Villa
  • Hadrian's Villa landscape
  • Students at Hadrian's Villa

Professors Francesco de Angelis (Columbia) and co-director Marco Maiuro (La Sapienza, Rome; Columbia) will present the excavation results, discuss their historical significance, and announce exciting developments for 2017.

This summer program—incubated by the Italian Academy and by H2CU at La Sapienza as the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art, or APAHA—is a credit-bearing course for undergrads and graduate students at the compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most important of Roman imperial villas.

In the most intensive and productive digging season of all, summer 2016 brought over 80 participants from 15 universities and institutions across 8 countries; it not only yielded a wealth of new data but also raised unexpected scholarly questions.

The excavation at the “Lararium” revealed a pre-Hadrianic channel running under the floor and provided further information on the Medieval phases of the complex. Continued exploration in the “Macchiozzo” segment brought to light new rooms with mosaics and painted walls and ceilings. The expansion of the excavation around the “Macchiozzo” building uncovered architectural remains last seen (and only-partially documented) by Piranesi in the 18th century.

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Co-sponsors: H2CU at La Sapienza, Rome; and Columbia’s Classical Studies Graduate Program, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, and Italian Academy.

Event Date 
Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 5:30 pm

Free and open to the public;
Registration is closed; all walk-ins are welcome.