A team headed by Dr. Katie Huntley, assistant professor of ancient history and archaeology at Boise State, spent several weeks this past summer establishing excavation of the Roman settlement of Libarna, Italy.
The group included history students and a graduate who previously worked with Huntley in Pompeii, Italy.
Expected to spread over at least five years, the project is a joint endeavor with Texas Tech University and England’s Leicester University. Researchers will study the cultural and economic development of the town originally settled during the Iron Age by the Liguri people of Northwest Italy and later colonized by the Romans in the third century BCE.
Previous excavations at the site, conducted primarily in the 1930s and 1950s, uncovered public buildings including a theater, bath complex, forum, amphitheater and urban blocks. Huntley hopes to uncover an unexplored private, domestic area of the city.
This project will utilize geophysical survey techniques to map much of the site, including ground penetrating radar (GPR) and resistivity. These techniques allow researchers to map subsurface features, structures and patterns without disturbing the site. While acknowledging that excavation is important, Huntley also knows that it is a destructive process.
Information collected will help create a more accurate and dynamic map of the archaeological site to determine where to begin excavations in summer 2017.