The Aeclanum excavations are a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Apolline Project and are directed by Dr Ben Russell and Dr Girolamo F. De Simone.
Aeclanum lies beyond the shores of the Bay of Naples in inner Campania and more precisely in the district of Irpinia (ancient Hirpinia), which in antiquity constituted the southern part of Samnium. The city was probably founded in the 3rd c. BC, sacked by Sulla in 89 BC, turned into a colony under Hadrian in AD 120, and finally developed into an important Christian bishopric between the 4th and 7th centuries AD.
The site of Aeclanum itself represents a perfect case study of a multi-method archaeological investigation since it is almost entirely untouched archaeologically and has never been built over.
The project is supported by the British School at Rome, the Comune di Mirabella Eclano and the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le province di Salerno ed Avellino and also involves the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli and the Università degli Studi del Sannio at Benevento.