2013 Villa of the Antonines Project: CHAS Excavation in Italy

June 30-July 27, 2013 Archaeological Field School

Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Dr. Timothy Renner of the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS) and the Department of Classics & General Humanities are pleased to announce the 2013 field investigations that they will co-direct at the Villa of the Antonines archaeological site in Genzano di Roma, Italy. Students from Montclair State and from other colleges and universities across North America have participated since 2010 in the excavation of what was once a sprawling residential complex of the Antonine emperors (ruled 138-192 CE) of Rome. This summer the team, in conjunction with geophysicists from the University of Rome La Sapienza, will further explore the amphitheater -- perhaps the very one in which Emperor Commodus (who loosely inspired the 2000 film Gladiator starring Russell Crowe) is reported to have earned the title Roman Hercules by killing wild beasts -- that the project discovered in July 2012.

Student participants in the archaeological field school receive six credits. Scholarships are available. Undergraduates register for either GNHU 361 Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology or ARHT 202 Field Trip in Art History and for GNHU 362 Field Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology; graduate students should contact the co-directors (aryamontrid@mail.montclair.edu or rennert@mail.montclair.edu) for details. Further information: http://www.montclair.edu/chss/center-heritage-archaeological-studies and click on The Villa of the Antonines.