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Maurizio Forte
Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)

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$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2022 – 9/30/2022

Publishing Archaeology in 3D: Waterscapes in Etruscan and Roman Times (Vulci)

Research and writing of a digital publication on water infrastructures at Vulci, an ancient Etruscan site in Italy (10th c. BCE- 5th CE).

The aim of this proposal is to publish a digital study of water infrastructures in the ancient city of Vulci based on 3D archaeological data: artifacts, monuments, maps and landscape reconstructions. Vulci (Viterbo, Italy, fl. 10th C. BCE- 5th C CE) was one most important cities of ancient Etruria, where thermal and mineral waters were considered to have healing properties. The Duke University’s 7-year fieldwork program has yielded a uniquely extensive collection of 3D models and remote sensing data. The digital publication will examine and interpret changes in the water infrastructure and water culture as they developed from Etruscan to Roman times, and the publication will share in accessible format the 3D data pertinent to the narrative in an integrated, multimodal format providing a holistic view unique in archaeology. It will expand knowledge of the Etruscan and Roman world and serve as a model for other publications with potential for broad impact in the humanities and beyond.