Excavation campaign on the fifth mile of the Via Appia
Excavation campaign on the fifth mile of the Via Appia

Mapping the Via Appia

2009 until 2027
Project member(s)
Prof. S.T.A.M. Mols (Stephan) Prof. E.M. Moormann (Eric) R.J.F. de Hond (Rens) , Dr Christel Veen , Dr Maurice de Klein (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) , Dr Jeremia Pelgrom (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) , Dr Simone Quilici (Parco Archeologico dell’Appia Antica) , Dr Norbert Zimmermann (German Archaeological Institute in Rome)
Project type

The research project ‘Mapping the Via Appia’, aims at a thorough inventory and analysis of the Roman and later interventions in the suburban landscape. The project focuses on the archaeological remains and ancient and modern sources of a road stretch of two kilometres in length, between the modern crossroads Via di Erode Attico and Via di Casal Rotondo in the city of Rome (part of the 5th and 6th miles of the oldest consular road), and its hinterland.

Opgraving aan de Via Appia

The wealth of archaeological monuments preserved both above and beneath ground level, as well as the opulent documentary evidence in archives and digital resources (mainly photographs), make a very detailed multidisciplinary analysis of the history of the road and its surroundings possible. At the same time, this huge amount of wide-ranging data poses methodological challenges and requires the development of new documentation and analysis strategies. The complex architectural design of several monuments - as well as the detailed archival records -, have resulted in an archaeological and historical landscape which cannot be studied by only using established recording systems like regional field survey projects. Therefore, the project uses a new and innovative research strategy designed especially for the efficient recording and study of complex and monumental archaeological landscapes with long occupational histories. For this means, professional GPS (DGPS) is used which refines the techniques of archaeological survey and documentation of visual remains, in combination with 3D spatial mapping and analysis techniques.

Plattegrond Opgravingen Mapping the Via Appia 2012-2019

These are combined with geophysical prospection, remote sensing techniques, field survey, excavations and archival studies. As a result, the project not only offers new data on the functioning of this particular and other Roman consular roads, but also provides a new methodological framework for studying monumental archaeological landscapes that can be used and further devolved on other research projects.

Project members and task description

  • Prof. Stephan Mols (Project leader)
  • Em. Prof. Eric Moormann (Historical overview and monument analysis)
  • Dr. Christel Veen (Director of excavation)
  • Dr. Jeremia Pelgrom (University of Groningen) (Hinterland survey and Geophysical survey)
  • Rens de Hond MA (3D-reconstructions and 3D-viewer)
  • Dr. Maurice de Kleijn (E-Science Center Amsterdam) (GIS and 3D-viewer)
  • Dr. Simone Quilici (Director of the Parco Archeologico della Via Appia)
  • Dr. Norbert Zimmermann (German Archaeological Institute Rome) (Drone Photography and Laser scanning)


3D-reconstructions can be found on the website.

Revisited Via Appia



  • Parco Archeologico dell’Appia Antica
  • German Archaeological Institute in Rome

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