Marcello Mogetta

Marcello Mogetta, Assistant Professor, Roman Art and Archaeology
Assistant Professor, Roman Art and Archaeology, Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies
207 Swallow Hall

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Description: 

My research focuses on the archaeology, material and visual culture of Pre-Roman and Roman Italy. Among the main threads are the study of urbanization and state formation processes at Rome, in Latium and Etruria (settlement data; funerary evidence; impasto pottery); the cultural implications of the Roman conquest of Italy (architecture; ceramics; Pompeii, Northern Etruria); the use of digital tools for the collection, visualization and dissemination of archaeological data.

My current book project tackles one of the most crucial issues in Roman Republican archaeology, the origins of concrete architecture in Rome, Pompeii and at other major urban sites of the region, revolutionizing the commonly held chronology, and offering a new interpretation of the social context that influenced this revolutionary technological innovation. The new analysis reveals the links between advances in building techniques, environmental factors, and the social and cultural history of Hellenistic central Italy, reassessing the role of non-Roman urban cultures in the genesis of what is commonly referred to as Roman Republican Architecture.

I am conducting primary fieldwork at Gabii, a top-tier Latin center that emerged during the same wave of urbanization that brought neighboring Rome into existence, flourishing in the Archaic and Republican periods ( My own research at the site focuses on the long-term process of political centralization as revealed by sensational new discoveries, including rich infant burials of the Early Iron Age and Orientalizing period (which inform us on the nature of settlement in the phase of city formation), the orthogonal layout that obliterates the Archaic occupation, and the emergence of monumental architecture in the Mid-Republican period.

The Gabii Project has implemented a robust set of paperless procedures to handle complex urban stratigraphies, creating an excavation archive based on single-context, analytic, relational and spatially-referenced database. The first volume of the final report series, of which I am a co-editor, will represent a template for peer-reviewed online publications of excavation data using 3-D modeling and other digital techniques.

More recently, I have teamed with colleagues from the Center for Virtualization and Applied Spatial Technologies - University of South Florida, Carleton University in Canada, and the University of Burgundy Franche Comté in France, to develop a study of the use-life of ceramics excavated from funerary and sanctuary contexts in Rome, which are on loan at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology as a result of a cultural agreement between MU and the Musei Capitolini. The CALC-Rome project employs high-resolution imaging techniques that support the detailed metric study of use-wear traces to research pottery consumption practices in the Roman economy. The results will be presented through an interactive online scholarly catalogue, making both the 3D models and the scientific data available to the research community and the broader public, opening a museum collection that will not normally be on display.


The courses I offer explore how a distinctive Roman material culture came into being, focusing particularly on the period of Rome’s early imperial expansion. I analyze this phenomenon through different media, tracing its roots back to the Iron Age and Archaic cultures of Central Italy and emphasizing the complex relationship with Hellenistic Art and Architecture.

  • 2940/7940 Archaeological Methods (Summer/Study Abroad)
  • 3410 Roman Art and Archaeology
  • 4420/7420 Minor Arts of Antiquity
  • 4440/7440 Roman Architecture
  • 4460/7460 Roman Sculpture
  • 8420 Seminar in Roman Art and Archaeology
  • 8440 Ancient Topography (Topography of Rome)
Selected Publications: 

M. Mogetta, in preparation. Roman Republican Concrete Architecture.
M. Mogetta, R. Opitz, and N. Terrenato (eds.), 2016. A Mid-Republican House from Gabii , Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (available online only, here)

Book chapters
M. Mogetta, forthcoming. “Building materials, techniques and elements of construction.” In M. Trümper (ed.), Roman Architecture. Berlin: De Gruyter Reference Series.
M. Mogetta, 2014. “From Latin Planned Urbanism to Roman Colonial Layouts: the Town-planning of Gabii and its Cultural Implications.” In E. Robinson (ed.), Papers on Italian Urbanism in the First Millennium B.C. (Journal of Roman Archaeology, Suppl. 97): 145-74. Portsmouth, R.I.: Journal of Roman Archaeology.

Peer-reviewed articles
M. Mogetta, 2016. “The Early Development of Concrete in the Domestic Architecture of Pre-Roman Pompeii” in the Journal of Roman Archaeology (2016), 43-72.
M. Mogetta, 2015. “A New Date for Concrete in Rome.” Journal of Roman Studies FirstView  Article / April 2015, pp 1 – 40 DOI: 10.1017/S007543581500043X, Published online: 24 April 2015
M. Mogetta and J. A. Becker, 2014. “Archaeological Research at Gabii, Italy: The Gabii Project Excavations 2009-2011.”American Journal of Archaeology 118(1): 171-88.
J. A. Becker, M. Mogetta and N. Terrenato, 2009. “A New Plan for an Ancient Italian City: Gabii Revealed.” American Journal of Archaeology 113(4): 629-42.
M. Mogetta, A. Gallone, and D. Sepio, 2008. “An Etruscan and Roman hilltop Settlement. Excavations at the Torre di Donoratico, Italy (2003-2004)”, Etruscan Studies 11: 81-95.
M. Mogetta, N. Terrenato, 2007, “Architecture and Economy in an Early Imperial Settlement in Northern Etruria”, Facta 1: 107-24.

Conference Proceedings
A. Gallone, M. Mogetta and A. Johnston, forthcoming. “Gabii in età repubblicana: nuovi dati sui rivestimenti pavimentali di un grande edificio pubblico.” In C. Angelelli (ed.), Atti del XXII Colloquio AISCOM, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 18-21 March 2015.
A. Gallone and M. Mogetta, 2013. “Gabii in età repubblicana: I rivestimenti pavimentali di alcune unità abitative.” In C. Angelelli (ed.), Atti del XVIII Colloquio AISCOM, Cremona, Italy, 14-17 March 2012: 717-25. Tivoli: Scripta Manent.

Reference Entries
M. Mogetta, 2014. “Latium Vetus – Latium Adjectum.” In C. Smith (ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology: 4450-4459. Springer: New York.
M. Mogetta, 2005. “Latina via, VII miglio.” In A. La Regina (ed.), Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae – Suburbium III: 195-202. Rome: Quasar.

Book Reviews
M. Mogetta, forthcoming. Review of F. Fulminante, 2014. The Urbanisation of Rome and Latium Vetus. Journal of Roman Archaeology 28.
M. Mogetta, 2013. Review of S. T. Roselaar, Processes of Identity Formation and Integration in the Roman Republic. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Ancient History Bulletin On-line 3: 28-34.
M. Mogetta, 2011. “Pottery and settlement archaeology in early Italy.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 24: 527-532.(Review of Ceramiche, abitati e territorio nella bassa valle del Tevere e Latium Vetus. Edited by M. Rendeli. Rome: Ecole Française de Rome, 2009).