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The Republican Forum Romanum

Henrik Gerding, Nicolò Dell’Unto

The Forum Romanum constituted the religious, political, economic and administrative centre of Rome for more than a millennium. During this time it went through several changes. It transformed from a liminal zone in the periphery of the Iron Age settlements into a communal space and sacred ground; later into an arena for political struggle and civic ambition; and finally into a showcase for Imperial power and authority. New buildings were constantly being added and old ones rebuilt or replaced. This project deals with the architectural and spatial development of the Republican Forum Romanum. Of particular interest is the spatial configuration of the central Forum area in the mid- and late Republican periods. Thus, in a way, the study connects to the very first archaeological excavation in the Forum Romanum, conducted by the Swedish diplomat Carl Fredrik Fredenheim in 1788–89.

The built environment that present day visitors to the Forum experience basically represents the late Augustan phase, interspersed with later additions and modifications. Earlier structures have only been excavated to a limited extent and the few remains that have been uncovered are now situated in deep trenches or underground compartments with little or no intervisibility. The fragmented state of the archaeological record constitutes a further hindrance to a satisfactory understanding of the earlier phases of the Forum. However, renewed investigations of previously excavated remains, supported by digital documentation techniques, holds the potential of revealing new features and providing a more comprehensive picture. By integrating separate and spatially isolated remains in a coherent and georeferenced three-dimensional model, the spatial relationship between various elements can be visualised and accurately assessed. The model will also be used to analyse the hydrological situation, a crucial aspect of the urban layout.

In the field campaign of 2016 the architectural remains of the Basilica Sempronia and the Basilica Fulvia were investigated and documented. These contemporary buildings played an important role in defining the Forum. The ongoing study explores how they were related to each other and interacted with the intermediate and surrounding environment.

The project has been financed by the Stiftelsen Enboms donationsfond, Carl Stadlers fond, Stiftelsen Torsten och Ingrid Ghils fond. We are also grateful to the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma for graciously giving us the permission to carry out the investigation and for lending us support.

Un re archeologo

Gustavo VI Adolfo di Svezia  e lo scavo di San Giovenale di Blera 1956-1963

Inaugurerà la mostra l'onorevole Silvia Costa,
presidente della Commissione Cultura e Istruzione del Parlamento Europeo.

La mostra sarà aperta dal lunedì al venerdì (9-15) fino al 20 gennaio 2017

News from The Swedish Pompeii Project

The Swedish Pompeii Project at Lund University in collaboration with The Swedish Institute in Rome has produced a new 3D-film on the house of Caecilius Iucundus in the Insula V,1 at Pompeii. By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed to reconstruct a house in Pompeii to its original state before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. Unique video material has now been produced, showing their creation of a 3D model of an entire block of houses. 

After the catastrophic earthquake in Italy in 1980, the Pompeii city curator invited the international research community to help document the ruin city, before the state of the finds from the volcano eruption in AD 79 would deteriorate even further. The Swedish Pompeii Project was therefore started at the Swedish Institute in Rome in 2000. The researcher in charge of the rescue operation was Anne-Marie Leander Touati, at the time director of the Institute, now Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University.

Since 2010, the research has been managed by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History in Lund. The project now also includes a new branch of advanced digital archaeology, with 3D models demonstrating the completed photo documentation. The city district was scanned during the field work in 2011–2012 and the first 3D models of the ruin city have now been completed. The models show what life was like for the people of Pompeii before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The researchers have even managed to complete a detailed reconstruction of a large house, belonging to the wealthy man Caecilius Iucundus.

The work has been generously financed by Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs minnesfond and Familjen Rausings Stiftelse (Fondazione Famiglia Rausing).

To see the film, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETd7pszxhnc

For more information on the Swedish Pompeii project: http://www.pompejiprojektet.se/

HISTORIES OF ARCHAEOLOGY in the Graeco-Roman World International Conference, 20-21 October 2016


The participants in the conference held at The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome

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