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Stratigraphic Excavations in the Forum Romanum

  • Einar Gjerstad (a1)

In 1903 and 1904 Giacomo Boni undertook a stratigraphic excavation to the N.W. of the fountation of Equua Domitiani in the Forum Romanum. The finds, unfortunately never published, are preserved in perfect order in the storeroom of the Forum Museum; and thanks to the generosity of Italian colleagues of whom I wish to mention in particular Professors P. Romanelli and S. Puglisi, this material was placed at my disposal for study and publication. When it turned out to be necessary to carry out a supplementary excavation, permission was readily granted me by the Italian authorities.

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1 On the Caelian Hill no systematic excavations of the earliest strata have been carried out; only remains of the Empire and of the Republican period have been examined. The fact that the Caelian hill was one of the montes celebrating the pre-urban festival of Septimontium (cf. below) shows that the habitation of this hill must go back to the pre-urban period, but how far back can only be ascertained through excavation.

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  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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