'Rome Transformed' project receives £2.1 million ERC grant

The BSR is delighted to be a partner in the Rome Transformed project which has just received a major European Research Council grant to investigate 800 years of history on Rome’s Caelian Hill.

Ian Haynes (Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University, and leader of the joint Newcastle-BSR Lateran Project) is the Principal Investigator on the five-year project. Former BSR Research Fellow Thea Ravasi will be a Research Associate, and BSR Honorary Fellow Paolo Liverani (University of Florence) will continue his longstanding association with the BSR through this new project.

Rome Transformed builds on much of the work carried out by the BSR geophysics team (Archaeology Officer Stephen Kay and Research Assistant Elena Pomar) as part of the Lateran Project (read more about the project in Thea Ravasi’s blog from last season).

The project will involve colleagues from Newcastle University, the University of Florence, and the National Research Centre for Italy’s Institute of Science for Cultural Heritage.

The project focuses on a ‘forgotten’ quarter of Rome which, while omitted from most tourist itineraries, served as home to emperors and popes for generations. Between the first and eighth centuries AD, many of the most powerful people on earth lived in and around the Caelian Hill in the south-east of the city.

Drawing together diverse strands of data to visualise the way this area changed over eight centuries, the team will examine in detail the character of its many features, from palaces and the world’s first cathedral, to fortifications, aqueducts and private homes. Revealing in turn how these related to each other and to prevailing political, military and religious ideas, Professor Haynes and his team will transform the way major shifts in the chronological, geographical and ideological history of Rome are understood.