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Department of Archaeology


Nepi Survey Project

This project is in its publication phase. The PI of the project, Dr Simon Stoddart, led the Nepi excavations in this ancient town during the early 1990s and the survey work was carried out under the umbrella of the Tiber valley project of the British School at Rome. The aims of the project included the collection of a coherent body of data in order to study the long-term development of the Faliscan centre of Nepi and its territory with an emphasis on exploring pre-Roman periods. The project was run in the field by Dr Ulla Rajala as part of her PhD. She is currently working on precolonial themes in her research.

                                      Images of the Nepi Survey Project


The Nepi Survey Project recovered samples from all sectors of the territory in 1999 and 2000 and carried out the intensive surface survey at the Final Bronze Age site of Il Pizzo immediately south of Nepi. In total 233 field units were studied in the sample area; the total area of 632 ha corresponds with nearly 32% of the area of the planned transects and 8% of the rectangular territory around Nepi.


Short bibliography

  • Rajala, U., 2013. ‘The concentration and centralisation of late prehistoric settlement in central Italy: the evidence from the Nepi Survey’, Papers of the British School at Rome 81, 1-38.
  • Rajala, U., 2012. ‘Political landscapes and local identities in Archaic central Italy – Interpreting the material from Nepi (VT, Lazio) and Cisterna Grande (Crustumerium, RM, Lazio)’, in S. Stoddart and G. Cifani (eds.). Landscape, ethnicity and identity in the archaic Mediterranean area, 120-143. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Mills, P., and Rajala, U., 2011. ‘The Roman ceramic material from the fieldwalking in the environs of Nepi’, Papers of the British School at Rome 79, 147-240.
  • Rajala, U., 2007. ‘The Bronze and Iron Age finds from Il Pizzo (Nepi, VT): the results of the intensive survey 2000’, Papers of the British School at Rome 75, 1-37.

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