Castellum Amerinum, Lazio
2002 – 2003
Castellum Amerinum (Seripola) is located c. 64km north of Rome, on the east bank of the Tiber, near the modern town of Orte, just inside Lazio on its border with Umbria. The Roman river port was discovered in 1962-3, during construction work for the bridge that now carried the A1 Autostrada across the Tiber. The site lies on the east bank of the Tiber, where a further area excavated between 1974 and 1979 remains open, on public display (Begni Perina, 1986; De Lucia Brolli, 1991: 76-80). The excavated site lies at the point where the Via Amerina crosses the Tiber, and is probably to be identified with Castellum Amerinum of the Tabula Peutingeriana (Miller, 1962; De Lucia Brolli, 1991:43). Geophysical survey was conducted here, funded by the AHRB as part of the Roman Towns in the Middle and Lower Tiber Valley Project. The survey was undertaken by The British School at Rome.
The results from Castellum Amerinum were successful in providing new information about the site. The course of the Via Amerinum was firmly established and an aqueduct supplying the settlement was discovered. The survey also helped in clarifying the extent of the settlement, with evidence that it extended north, along the bank of the river Tiber, with one monumental building found amongst the more modest structures previously recorded.
Begni Perina, G. 1986. Il porto sul tevere in località Seripola. In Tevere. Un’antica via peril Mediteraneo: 184-5. Rome Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato. In Johnson et al.
Lucia Brolli, A.M. 1991. L’argo Falisco. Rome, Quasar. In Johnson et al.
Johnson, P. Keay, S. Millett, M. 2004. Lesser Urban Sites in the Tiber Valley. Papers from the British School at Rome. Vol. LXXII. Oxford. P.85-92
Miller, K. 1962. Die Peutingersche Tafel. Stuttgart, F.A. Brockhaus. In Johnson et al.
Fig. 1. Johnson, P. Keay, S. Millett, M. 2004. Lesser Urban Sites in the Tiber Valley. Papers from the British School at Rome. Vol. LXXII. Oxford. Fig. 11 (p.89) & 13 (p.91).