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Envisioning Rome’s Prehistoric River Harbor: An Interim Report from the Forum Boarium

Andrea L. Brock
From the journal Etruscan Studies

Abstract

Following a brief discussion of the literature and intellectual history of Rome’s river port, this article presents preliminary results from a mechanized coring survey of the Forum Boarium valley. Conducted in 2015, this survey produced empirical evidence on prehistoric human activity Rome’s floodplain and acquired substantial data on the paleolandscape of the region, including the shifting position of the Tiber River and the discovery of lacustrine deposits in the valley. Additionally, consideration is given to the advantages and limitations posed by the natural landscape during the origins of settlement and early urban development at Rome.

Acknowledgements

The Forum Boarium coring survey was promoted by the Sovrintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale. Funding for this project was provided by the Etruscan Foundation, Fondazione Lemmermann, and the University of Michigan. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to Nicola Terrenato and Jan Sevink for their wise guidance during the planning and execution of this project, as well as for their help in orchestrating various collaborative relationships. I would also like to thank Monica Ceci, Fabrizio Marra, Laura Motta, and Marcello Martinelli. Daniel Diffendale graciously provided his topographical expertise. This work would not have been possible without the assistance of Zachary Hallock and Susan Grouchy in the field. Lastly, I am grateful for the suggestions made by an anonymous reviewer.

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