The Institute has been involved in conducting field-school excavations from 2003, both partnering with universities and acting alone. Partners have included Oxford and Stanford Universities (post aedem Castoris excavation in the Roman Forum, 2003-2005), The University of Texas at Austin (Ostia Antica synagogue), and the University of Bologna (Ostia Antica, Porta Marina). AIRC's excavations at the Villa delle Vignacce in the Roman suburbium were conducted in conjunction with the City of Rome.
American Institute for Roman Culture Excavations at Villa delle Vignacce
The roots of the Eternal City, which just celebrated its 2,762nd birthday, go deep and are still being unearthed. Read more.
The American Institute for Roman Culture collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin on a four-year program in Ostia Antica, the ancient port city of Rome. The Ostia Synagogue-area Masonry Analysis Project (UT-OSMAP) was a multi-year archaeological field project under the direction of Dr. L. Michael White, working under the auspices of the Superintendency of Archaeology for Ostia Antica. The goal of the project was to reevaluate the area around the ancient synagogue of Ostia Antica, which was rediscovered in 1961, and to excavate its remains. Read more.
American Institute for Roman Culture Roman Forum Excavation with Oxford and Stanford Universities
In 2003, the American Institute for Roman Culture was awarded permission to undertake an extensive excavation in the Roman Forum, partnering with archaeologists and students from Stanford and Oxford Universities. The principal aim of the excavation was to examine the articulation of public, religious and commercial space on the edge of the Roman Forum in the Republican, Imperial, and late Roman periods, specifically between the Temple of the Castors and the Horrea Agrippiana. Read more.