Topic ID #37798 - posted 12/14/2016 8:16 AM





​In ancient times, amphorae were the main containers used for the transportation and storage of goods. They were massively produced because of their low cost, and were usually destroyed once they reached their final destination because it was easier to make a new one than to clean and reuse an old one.
Between the 1st and the 3rd centuries, a spectacular number of amphorae were imported into Rome from around the Empire, broken, and dumped at a specific location in Rome near the Tiber River. Over time, they formed Monte Testaccio (“Broken Pot Hill”), an artificial mound of testae and crockery 45 meters (135 feet) high and covering a city block.
Since 2003, ArchaeoSpain has had the privilege to join forces with the Spanish research team working on the unique archaeological site of Monte Testaccio in the heart of Rome.
Heralded as one of the most important projects on Roman epigraphy, economy, and commerce, Monte Testaccio combines the efforts of the University of Barcelona and ArchaeoSpain to inspect the pottery shards from an artificial mound 45 meters (135 feet) high and spanning a city block that was created by centuries of discarded amphorae. Many of the shards still bear the import and export markings, including the names of traders and dates of transportation.
Once an ancient pottery dump, Monte Testaccio is now one of the largest archives of Roman commerce in the world. Those who join us will participate in all aspects of this project: Artifact washing and identification, cataloguing, and restoration. There will also be a few after-work lectures on the research and a workshop on drawing pottery.


 The Testaccio team will stay in a large apartment a short walk from Monte Testaccio, near the Porta San Paolo. Participants will share a room with one other person.
The spacious apartment has a living room with big-screen TV and DVD, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a full kitchen (with washing machine), and a huge outdoor terrace with tables and chairs.
There is free Wifi, air conditioning in all rooms, and linens and towels are provided with a mid-program change. Occupying a single room may be possible if there is space and if the participant is willing to bear an additional cost. Please contact us for more information.

Located on the edge of central Rome, our neighborhood is a great spot to embark on a walking tour of one of the world’s greatest cities.
Just over the Aventine Hill, which houses a few off-the-beaten path sites, is the Circus Maximus and the gateway to the Forum and the Colosseum.
Also, the Testaccio and nearby Trastavere neighborhoods are excellent places to wander and soak in the local flavor, figuratively and literally.
We will explore the Aventine, as well as take a walking tour of the Aqua Claudia, one of Rome’s major aqueducts that was built between the years 38 and 52.
On the weekend, everyone is free to go where they want, however we offer a tour of the incredibly well-preserved port city of Ostia Antica. 

Program Dates 2017:

September 3 – September 16

Program Fees: US$2,965


Visit our Employment Network websites: - - For information on advertising on this website, contact