Danske udgravninger på Cæsars Forum i Rom

Name of applicant

Jan Kindberg Jacobsen


Aarhus University


DKK 683,200



Type of grant

Strategic Grants


The project is an international collaboration between The Danish Institute in Rome, The Danish National Research Foundations Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) and the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. These excavations will focus on laying open the until now un-excavated parts of the central Forum of Caesar, a public monumental space in what was central ancient Rome. The excavation area is suspected to contain archaeological remains dating from c. 1100 BC until present day and thereby provide a potential key to the further understanding of more than 3000 years of cultural, environmental and architectural development in central Rome.


The broad chronological span of more than, potentially, 3000 years and the diversity of the archaeological remains, which will tell us about the development of one of the most significant urban sites in the Mediterranean, provide exciting archaeological perspectives. For the most part, urban dynamics can not be studied over such long time spans and certainly not in such central spaces. Furthermore, both the structural and non-structural features in the region of the Forum of Caesar provide the opportunity to combine traditional contextual-based excavations (context-first approach) with highdefinition investigations that will, in turn, allow for a comprehensive understanding of the overall development of the area over several millennia.


The research is conducted as a cross disciplinary international collaboration between leading experts at numerous universities. My own time is divided between supervising the archaeological investigations in Rome and participating in the post excavation processing at the Danish Institute in Rome and at the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions.

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