Chapter 1

Plans and Reconstructions

Mosaic Floors

Mosaic Vaults or
Wall Niches

Mosaic & Opus Sectile Floors

Opus Sectile Floors

Fresco Wall Decoration

Lamps & Terracotas

Glass Vessels & Objects

Faience & Rock Crystal

Worked Bone

Brick Stamps

Campana Reliefs

The Metalwork

Faunal Remains

Oecus Emblema

Pottery Profiles

Site 10/80 Provisional Pottery Summary

Site 10/81 Provisional Pottery Summary

Site 10 Amphora Analysis

Site 11 Black Glaze Report

Site 11 Black Glaze Profiles

Site 11 Thin-Walled Pottery Profiles

Site 11 Italian Terra Sigillata Profiles

Site 11 African Red Slip Pottery Profiles

Donors and Supporters

Field Work and Recording Participants

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).

All text and images copyright © 2002 by Walter Widrig and Rice University. Last updated January 2004 by