Vignale, Lazio

2000 – 2002

The site at Vignale is part of the complex which formed the Faliscan town of Falerii, generally referred to as Falerii Veteres to distinguish it from its successor Falerii Novi which was built after Rome razed the Faliscan town in 241 BC. The Faliscan settlement has a complex topography which comprised a series of separate settlements, sanctuaries and cemetery areas in the vicinity of the present town of Cívita Castellana.

Survey work was undertaken during September 2000 at Vignale as part of the AHRC funded Tiber Valley Towns Project. The project is designed to enhance our understanding of a full range of urban centres of the Classical period in the middle and lower Tiber valley, and is one element of the broader collaborative Tiber Valley Project which operates under the aegis of the British School at Rome. Work at Vignale was kindly made possible by the Soprintendenza Archeologica per l’Etruria Meridionale. We are most grateful to Dott.ssa Anna Maria Moretti for her support and Dott.ssa Maria Anna De Lucia for her generous help throughout.

The fieldwork in 2000 has provided strong evidence to support the previous conclusion that Vignale was intensely occupied during the Late Bronze Age and Archaic periods. The western part of the site also showed evidence for terracing whilst surface pottery and the line of pits revealed by the gradiometer survey demonstrated that this area had also been intensively utilized although this part of the site has evidently been heavily damaged by agriculture.


S. Keay, 2001, Gateway to Rome, British Archaeology 57: 20-23.

S. Keay, M. Millett, S. Poppy, J. Robinson, J. Taylor and N. Terrenato, New approaches to Roman urbanism in the Tiber Valley, in H. Patterson (ed.), Bridging the Tiber, approaches to regional archaeology in the middle Tiber valley. Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome, 13, London: 223-236.

S. Keay, M. Millett, 1998, Roman towns in the Middle Tiber Valley, in Papers of The British School at Rome 66: 258-259.