Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae (Italy)
Field School, June 11 - July 22, 2017
Director: Jane K. Whitehead, Emerita, Valdosta State University
The Roman city of Carsulae, founded in the third century BCE along the Via Flaminia in modern Umbria, was extensively excavated by the Soprintendente for Umbria, Umberto Ciotti, from the 1950s to the 1970s. He uncovered a number of its public buildings including the forum, amphitheatre and theatre and transformed the entire area into an archaeological park. Carsulae is located a short distance from the town of San Gemini, an hour and a half north of Rome.
- In 2004, our team, under the direction of Jane K. Whitehead and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria commenced a long term project to re-excavate the baths, which are located just south of the city limits (see bottom left corner of map below) and were left exposed after Ciotti’s excavation 40 years earlier. Our project’s original goals were to consolidate the remains and to explore the structure further in order to determine its entire plan and the form of its earliest phase, which, if contemporary with the founding of the city, may be one of the oldest Roman baths in existence. In 2011, we received grants from Italian sources, in particular the Associazione Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico, which enabled us to construct a roof over the remains of the baths. Because the roof affords greater protection from the elements, during the 2012 - 2016 seasons we were able to open up areas that were more fragile, thus further exposing the structure. These recent excavations have revealed that the baths are much larger than we first assumed. We have also discovered a central mosaic, in a much disturbed state with an elegant, as yet unidentified design. There is evidence for several building phases, extensive hypocaust, and possibly as many as five furnaces.
Goals for 2017 Season
Map of Carsulae Archaeological Park
- Our goal for the 2017 season is to complete the excavation of the portion of the baths that lies beneath the protective roof in preparation for an intensive conservation plan which will ultimately encompass the entire bath complex. We will also explore the area immediately to the east of the roof in order to determine the dimensions and function of two partially exposed rooms.
- If you have questions about the program, please email Ellen Stewart, excavation coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org