Welcome to the Libarna Urban Landscape Project

Welcome to the Libarna Urban Landscapes Project, a unique research experience under the directorship of Dr. Katherine V. Huntley (Boise State University) and Dr. Hannah Friedman (Texas Technical University). Started in 2015, this project investigates the ancient Roman colony of Libarna. Located in between the modern towns of Serravalle Scrivia and Arquata Scrivia, in the province of Alessandria, the colony was founded in the 2nd cent. BCE in a region of Italy with multiple layers of influence, leaving behind Gaullic, Etruscan, and of course Roman characteristics. The archaeological site has had a long and complex history over the past 200 years, which has included numerous piecemeal excavations. The LULP will build on these prior investigations to generate a complete and dynamic plan of the site, most of which remains buried beneath the ground, and to understand the place of the Roman colony in a culturally diverse region. Now in its second season, our investigation will focus on utilizing multiple geological survey techniques, including resistivity, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and Digital Elevation Mapping (DEM) with the use of a drone, to better understand both the excavated portions of the site and that which is yet to be uncovered.


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