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Carta Archeologica di Roma

The Carta Archeologica di Roma( Archaeological Map of Rome)was born in the context of the publication of the “Carta archeologica d’Italia” and has its own character considering the unique nature of the archaeological heritage of the city.

The editing of the map required data collection from many bibliographical sources and archives. Among these, one of the main sources is the Archives of the Soprintendenza alle Antichità di Roma I (today called the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma).

In 1947 a group of experts under the guidance of Pietro Romanelli, Guglielmo Gatti and Attilio Degrassi started the data collection necessary for the publication. This preparatory work consisted of provisional files or cards of the archaeological map. Finds were filed and grouped into the single tables of the Carta (IV-IX), with references to bibliographical sources and archives but only updated to 1960. Review of the contents of the provisional files is thus necessary before this research can be considered complete.

The scientific work continued over the years in the Soprintendenza and led to a concentration of the preparatory material for the “Carta Archeologica” in the Archives. The Soprintendenza also expanded the supplementary material for the edition of the map with systematic filing of copies of documents from other archives.

The Carta is divided into nine tables, numbered I to IX. Each table is in turn divided into nine sectors, indicated alphabetically (with the letters A to I). The scale is 1:2,500 and was chosen because it allows detailed indication of finds even in areas where they are most densely located. The map uses symbols that correspond to the type of finds and tables in the margin illustrate and explain the symbols. A number relative to the descriptive file of the find accompanies each symbol.

The bibliographical abbreviations of the three volumes cite, in alphabetical order, all the bibliographical sources and archives which informed the experts during their work. In particular, drawing up Tavole I and II required consultation of all the bibliographical sources, updated to 1961 inclusive, and the documents relative to the Archivio della X Ripartizione del Comune di Roma, the Archivio of the Soprintendenza alle Antichità di Roma I and the Archivio Gatti .The Tavola III, updated for bibliographical sources up to and including 1973, was drawn up using more recent data than the first two tables. This data came from consulting numerous original documents belonging to the Archivio della Soprintendenza, the Archivio Centrale dello Stato (fondo del Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, Direzione Generale AA. BB. AA., I versamento, Roma) and the Archivio della X Ripartizione del Comune di Roma.

text: Luigia Attilia

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