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Amiternum – an Archaeological City and Regional Study in Central Abruzzo


Amiternum, an important city of the Sabines in the upper Aterno valley and birth place of Sallust, was conquered around 300 BC by the Romans and has then developed into one of the most important center in central Abruzzo. So far, an earlier hilltop settlement (S. Vittorio) as well as a larger city in the valley are known but research is sparse. From 2006 to 2013 comprehensive geophysical prospections and surveys were conducted and existing structures (amphitheater and theater) documented by hand, total station and laserscanning. From 2007 to 2012, stratigraphic sondages have been opened in Amiternum and the surrounding areas. The project aims to get a comprehensive overview over the settlement and its hinterland. The project has been in processing since the end of fieldwork in 2013 with processing campaigns of the finds.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Michael Heinzelmann

Coordination: Manuel Buess


  • Institute of Geosciences Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology
  • Stockholm University
  • Institute of Plant Sciences & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Universität Bern
  • Department of Anthropology University of Winnipeg
  • Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Abruzzo


Short Information

Final publications


Preliminary reports


Qualification Papers

  • D. Oswald, Römische Straßen im Umfeld von Amiternum – Via Caecilia und Via Claudia
  • Nova (Bachelorarbeit 2008)
  • Ch. Murer, Beobachtungen zur munizipalen Selbstdarstellung im Aterno-Tal von der späten
  • Republik bis zur hohen Kaiserzeit (Lizentiatsarbeit 2008)
  • C.S. Michael, Geologische Untersuchungen in der Umgebung der archäologischen
  • Grabung Amiternum (Masterarbeit 2009)
  • D.-M. Gluba, Das Theater von Amiternum (Magisterarbeit 2012)
  • Sh. Moshfegh Nia, Die Marmorausstattung der Basilika von Amiternum (Bachelorarbeit 2014)
  • M. Buess, Die Siedlungsgeschichte von Amiternum. Auswertung der Grabung und Geophysik (Dissertation 2016)