Gabii, Lazio

2007 – 2008

Magnetometer suvey at Gabii, June 2007

The geophysical survey was carried out at as part of the “Gabii Project”, directed by Dr. Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. The 30 hectare survey had the aim of detecting, through remote sensing (magnetometry), structures associated to the ancient town of Gabii. The work was undertaken by a joint team from the British School at Rome and the Archaeological Prospection Services of Southampton (APSS) between 2007-8 over the course of three seasons.

The magnetometry survey successfully identified a series of archaeological features that represent parts of the larger infrastructure of the town. Clearly identifiable in the results are the traces of the many roads, which indicate the existence of a detailed street grid plan for the city. Also evident in the survey undertaken to the south of the modern Via Prenestina, in the area known as the Pantano Borghese, were traces of the probable line of the city wall, no longer visible on the surface.

To the north of the Via Prenestina within the archaeological park survey was undertaken in the proximity of the Church of St.Primitivus, which overlies part of the earlier urban area of the Roman town, as well as in the vicinity of the Temple of Juno. The results indicated the continuing spread of the town, again in particular through the discovery and identification of a series of parallel features which may be interpreted as the roads and streets of the town.