Sheets being dropped on site at Omobono, Rome

Omobono, Rome archaeological fieldwork

University of Michigan and The City of Rome

Excavation of the complex urban archaeological park, Sant Omobono in Rome, was conducted in 2013. Led by the University of Michigan and supported by The City of Rome, MOLA was asked to provide specialist fieldwork staff to help direct investigations. Known to be the location of Rome’s first harbour, the hugely significant site encompasses an early Republican temple podium.

We were asked to join the team on this challenging site owing to our extensive experience of complex urban and waterfront archaeology.

The investigation sought to answer questions about the earliest periods of Rome’s archaic history, which survive in deep waterlogged condition within the site. MOLA’s extensive experience in urban and waterlogged waterfront archaeology provided the expertise needed to expertly excavate and record the challenging archaeology. MOLA oversaw the installation of metal sheeting that shored the sides of the trench enabling excavation and led on water management; a challenging aspect of the waterlogged site.

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