Explores nearly 1,000 years of habitation at Gabii

Table of contents


Gabii Series Introduction
List of Illustrations

Gabii begins: huts and infant burials
The Archaic structure
Republican structure and re-organization of town/street grid
The Cemetery and the Quarries at Gabii
Site condition and preservation
Phasing and publishing the sequence
Data presentation in this Volume
Limitations imposed by the Record
Digital Design Choices
Sampling and Sampling Experiments for Area A and Late B materials
Artefacts and Ecofacts
Sampling Experiments
The early Iron age-Orientalizing period [Phase A-0 a and b]
Funerary Ritual in Iron Age Infant Burials from Area A at Gabii
The Archaic period [Phase A-1]
The Archaic to Early Republican transition and the Republican Evidence [Phase A-2]
The Road of Areas A/B
Entering the Middle and Late Republican periods
The Early Imperial period [Phase AB-3]
Quarrying within the city block [Phase AB-4]
The Quarry
The Area B necropolis [Phase AB-4]
Layout and Orientation
Tomb construction and coverings
The population
Three Imperial burials featuring lead
Intramural burial in the region of Rome’s suburbium
Stratigraphic Analysis
Phase A-0
Phase A-1
Phase A-2
Phase AB-3
Phase AB-4
Sampling strategy for C14 dating of tombs from the Imperial necropolis
Ceramics of Area A and B
The approach
Ceramics from Area A           
Ceramics from Area B
Notable Objects from Areas A and B
General Methods of Recovery and Study
Common object types and trends
Coins from Area A and B
Recovery and recording
Coins in context         
The Area A Iron Age Infant Burials: Excavation and Documentation
Excavation Method
Osteology of the two infants from Area A
The lead “sarcophagus”: Recovery, Analysis, and Conservation
The approach
Zooarchaeological remains from Area A
Archaeobotanical Macroremains from Area A
Osteology of the Imperial Tombs from Gabii
Methodology and Data Collected
Ongoing Work


Since 2009, the Gabii Project, an international archaeological initiative led by Nicola Terrenato and the University of Michigan, has been investigating the ancient Latin town of Gabii, which was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. The story of Gabii, like that of many ancient cities, is one of growth, transformation, and diminishment. In this volume, editors Laura M. Banducci and Anna Gallone highlight the close but sometimes tense relationship between where people live, work, trade, and bury their dead. We learn that, contrary to what you may have read elsewhere about the Roman world, the distinction between spaces of the living and spaces of the dead was not so clear-cut. Areas considered to be “within the city,” or what “being in the city” implied shifted in the minds of the locals as their priorities and needs changed.  

Assembled in an innovative digital format, the story of the site is presented three times in a “layered” structure: the first, titled “The Story,” explains the narrative of the excavation area in a simple chronological way. The second layer, “More,” contains the explanation of the phasing and the features of the site and their interpretation. The third layer contains the stratigraphic description and the technical reports on specialist materials. The volume is beautifully illustrated with traditional photographs and drawings, as well as an interactive 3D model based on photogrammetric models produced at the time of excavation. The 3D model is linked throughout the text by individual stratigraphic unit numbers and archaeological features. A series of interactive maps of the site, including GIS line-drawings and orthorectified aerial photographs, provide further spatial details.  

Laura M. Banducci is Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Carleton University.

Anna Gallone is Professional Archaeologist and Associate Researcher at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

“The Gabii project is going to be a game changer in the field of both archaeology and digital humanities. The scholarship couldn’t be sounder, and the book offers a precious insight into the interpretation process itself, presenting methodology and reasoning in an admirably clear way. Banducci and Gallone accomplish the rare goal of making descriptions of archaeological finds interesting and engaging, presenting text that is both rich in details, and also a treat to read.”
Valeria Vitale, University of London

- Valeria Vitale