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H 290 x W 205 mm

1648 pages

1,746 figures, 136 tables (867 colour pages)

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Published May 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789693089

Digital: 9781789693096

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Rome; Campagna Romana; settlements; necropolises; Neolithic; Bronze Age; excavations

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Abitati e necropoli dal neolitico alla prima eta’ dei metalli nel territorio di roma (VI-III millennio a.C.)

Edited by Anna Paola Anzidei, Giovanni Carboni

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This two-volume study looks at the recent excavations in Rome and its surrounding areas which identified settlements and necropolises associated with a complex culture pre-dating that of Ancient Rome. The results reveal the social and cultural aspects of the daily life of the human groups who occupied this territory before the Latium civilization.


About the Author

Anna Paola Anzidei† (1946-2017) was a prehistoric archaeologist who worked for the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma from 1979 to 2012. She published many relevant scientific articles concerning the population of the area of Rome from the Palaeolithic period to the Copper Age and was a member of several scientific associations. ;

Giovanni Carboni is a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in the Neolithic and Copper Age periods of central Italy and is a member of the Department of Classics at the Sapienza University of Rome. He has been working for the Museo delle Origini of Sapienza University of Rome since 1991.

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Anna Paola Anzidei† è stata un funzionario archeologo specialista in preistoria (Paleolitico, Neolitico e Eneolitico) nella Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma dal 1979 al 2012. Ha scritto numerosi contributi specialistici di notevole importanza sulla preistoria della città di Roma e del suo suburbio. è stata socio ordinario AIQUA, ISIPU e dell’Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria. ;

Giovanni Carboni è un archeologo specialista del Neolitico e dell’Eneolitico dell’Italia centrale e afferisce al Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità della Sapienza Università di Roma e presta servizio presso il Museo delle Origini della stessa Università fin dal 1991. Dal 2005 è socio ordinario dell’Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria.


'According to the myth, evoked from the beginning of this work, Rome was founded in 753 BC, but we know that the history of the area where Romulus is said to have driven his plough began much earlier. And this volume provides a rich collection of evidence in this respect, giving an account of more than twenty years of surveys and digs held in different sections of the Roman suburb. Most of the finds span from the Neolithic to the Copper Age, including funerary areas and settlements, revealing dense occupation and reshaping our understanding of the cultural framework of Roman prehistory.'