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Roberta Ferritto


Doctoral Researcher

Title of PhD Thesis:

The Roman maritime villas of southern Latium: society and economy.

My Ph.D. project, sponsored by AHRC and supervised by Prof. Annalisa Marzano, aims at evaluating the social and economic role of Roman maritime villas in southern Latium. The first part of the project consists of a detailed catalogue of all maritime villas of Latium Adiectum. The catalogue will include documentation from both published sources and my own research. After the catalogue, the project moves on to the analytical part, in order to differentiate the function of structures and to chart technological progress in the field of hydraulic engineering, in particular of the fishponds. I will conduct an analysis of construction techniques in order to establish the chronological development of the architecture of maritime villas and compare them with examples from other areas. Finally, my analysis will be set within the broader context of the role of maritime villas, whose private ports may have been connected to wider commercial networks and formed an important link in the hierarchy of ancient maritime infrastructures, which comprised primary, secondary and tertiary ports.

My research interests include also Archaeological Graphics and Illustration, Maritime Archaeology, Roman fishponds, Ancient Roman Topography, 3D Reconstructions in Archaeology, Roman engineering, History of Roman Architecture, Archaeological Graphics and Illustrations.


Before coming to Reading University, I worked as cultural promoter at the Pignatelli Medieval Castle (Molise - Italy). Before starting my Ph.D., I earned a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, with a thesis Contribution to the topography of Gaeta and its region. My research allowed for the reconstruction of the ancient landscape, highlighting all archaeological evidence collected in systematic surveys. I continued my studies at "Sapienza" Università di Roma, defending a thesis The Roman villa of Fontania in Gaeta: survey, technical analysis and historical framework of the architecture. The study of this maritime villa combined spatial analysis and an economic account of the villa's function, and it included a relief of the villa and a 3D model. To further my skills, I earned a Master di II livello in Architecture for Archaeology - Archaeology for Architecture. Construction, project and exhibition in archaeological areas at the Faculty of Architecture L. Quaroni ("Sapienza" Università di Roma); I presented a final group project Architecture and archaeological excavation: the tabernae of the Baths of Caracalla.

Field Experience

  • ARIADNE Summer School, Mapping existing datasets to the CIDOC CRM, Prato/Italy (2014);
  • Tunisian-British Utica Project, Utica/Tunisia (2013-2014);
  • Apolline Project, Naples/Italy; Roman site (2013).
  • Internship, Roma Capitale - Sovraintendenza Capitolina - Servizio Territorio Carta Dell'Agro Nuova FUR, Rome/Italy (2011).
  • Internship, Sovraintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, SITAR (Sistema Informativo Territoriale Archeologico di Roma), Rome/Italy (2011).
  • Archaeological and Architectural Laboratories, "Sapienza" Università di Roma - Faculty of Architecture, Rome/Italy (2011).
  • Villa Magna Project, Anagni/Italy; Imperial Villa, Medieval site (2007-2010).
  • Piazza Armerina, Catania/Italy; Roman villa (2007).
  • Topographical drawings of the archaeological sites: Amphitheatrum Flavium and Ancient Ostia, "Sapienza" Università di Roma - Faculty of Archaeology, Rome/Italy (2007-2008).
  • Archaeological Laboratory of Prehistoric Pottery, Università di Firenze - Faculty of Archaeology, Florence/Italy (2006).
  • Archaeological Laboratory, Enforcement techniques of preservation, restoration and reconstruction of plaster paintings of San Vincenzo al Volturno, Isernia/Italy (2005).
  • Archaeological Laboratory of Etruscan Pottery, Università di Firenze - Faculty of Archaeology, Florence/Italy (2005-2006).
  • Poggio Civitella (Montalcino), Siena/Italy; Etruscan site (2005).
  • San Vincenzo al Volturno, Isernia/Italy; Medieval site (2004-2007).
  • Internship, Technical media in cultural and environmental heritage, certified by the European, Isernia/Italy (2002-2003).
    • The maritime villa of Fontania in Gaeta (Latina). Survey and technical analysis (in progress).
    • Roberta Ferritto, Dirk Booms et al. 'The Plan of the Building: layout, circulation, decoration and changes over time,' in Villa Magna: an Imperial Estate and its Legacies. - Excavations 2006-2010, ed. E. Fentress et al.(forthcoming).
    • Roberta Ferritto and Federica Pollari, 'The Painted Plaster,' in Villa Magna: an Imperial Estate and its Legacies. Excavations 2006-2010. The Website., ed. E. Fentress et al. (forthcoming).



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