Welcome to the web site documenting the excavation of the Via Gabina Villas, Sites 10 & 11. Between the late 1970s and early 1990s, Walter Widrig and Philip Olivier-Smith led an excavation of several villa sites in the Roman campagna. Site 11 is a villa with a small hortus (garden), while Site 10 is a more elaborate villa with a greater land holding. In the late antique period the Site 10 villa is replaced by a large granary / barn.
Rice University, Houston, Texas, U. S. A., was the sponsor of The Via Gabina Villa Excavations. The license for field work was issued as a private concession to the directors, Philip Oliver-Smith and Walter Widrig, by the Italian government as overseen by and in association with the Soprintendenza alle Antichita di Roma (see Acknowledgements).