The project “SIGNUM VORTUMNI: Under the Palatine” was launched by ISAR in 2016 with an official concession* from the authorities with the aim of unveiling signs of Etruscan cultural and religious influence which gave rise on this site to the birth of Roman civilization. Despite its central location, in the Velabro, between the Tiber and the Palatine Hill, and the site’s association with Romulus and Remus and the legendary she-wolf who nursed them, the area has yet to be thoroughly investigated.

The upcoming season will focus on unveiling evidence of the republican, archaic and regal periods below the imposing visible remains of the Horrea Agrippiana from the time of Augustus. Findings to date have been promising, but there is much to be done.

While many of the treasures buried beneath Rome have been unearthed, more remains to be discovered, and inventing innovative ways to preserve the art and architecture of the past is more critical than ever.

*This project is made possible by concession from Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano  e l’Area archeologica di Roma.

VIDEO above: Visit to the excavation site by Filippo Coarelli, Fausto Zevi, Clementina Panella, Giuseppe Morganti…il 23 novembre 2016.


VIDEO above: A typical day in the dig.

Actor, Singer Diego Boneta visits our excavation site.



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