Santa Maria Capua Vetere – Campania

June 2003

The town of Santa Maria Capua Vetere lies to the north of Naples and a few kilometres to the west of Caserta, in central Campania.

Magnetometer Survey at Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The geophysical survey was conducted in an area in the east of the town, lying to the north of Piazza Padre Pio. The survey was commissioned by Sig. Mario Gravante. The aim of the survey was to locate and map the remains of subsurface archaeological remains situated in the centre of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, adjacent to an area which had already been the subject of archaeological excavations.

The 2 hectare magnetometer survey was successful in locating and mapping a number of buried archaeological remains. Some of these remains can be associated with the structures excavated in the southeast corner of the field such as the continuations of walls, a small room and a possible road.

Santa Maria Capua Vetere Fasti Online Entry


Geophysical Techniques: further information


Topgraphical Survey

Resistance and Tomography

Ground Penetrating Radar

Geophysics in Forma Urbis

Forma Urbis (Nov 2012) was dedicated to the work of the BSR and featured an article 'Citta e Territori' discussing the role of geophysics in understanding Roman urbanscapes and their territories.

Click here to read the article in English

Click here to read the article in Italian.

For further information about the archaeological survey services offered by the British School at Rome and APSS, please contact:

Sophie Hay
Geophysical Researcher
Archaeological Prospection Services of Southampton (APSS)
The British School at Rome
Via Gramsci, 61
Tel: +39 (0)6 326 49368
Fax: +39 (0)6 322 1201