The “Villa of the Antonines” Project: Archaeological Excavation, Conservation, and Management in the 21st Century
On Thursday, December 5, at 7 PM (School of Business Room 101, Montclair State University), Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Timothy Renner, MSU Dept.of Classics & General Humanities, will present an illustrated lecture on The “Villa of the Antonines” Project: Archaeological Excavation, Conservation, and Management in the 21st Century. All are invited!
How do you recover what is left of a luxurious ancient residence and try to preserve it for people of the future? Let us tell you about it! The archaeological site known as the “Villa degli Antonini,” 18 miles southeast of Rome,has been credibly associated with second-century CE Roman emperors Antoninus Pius and Commodus, especially the latter's beast-killing feats in the arena. During summer 2019 our ongoing Montclair State research project devoted much effort to studying part of the residential quarter of the complex. Especially, our team of professionals and students worked on conserving and restoring a very fragile mosaic with a Medusa head, which forms part of a large, but heavily damaged, circular room, and on retrieving fresco fragments, decorated with geometric and figured designs, that had fallen from walls nearby.