New discoveries, above and below ground, at the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome
New discoveries, above and below ground, at the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome: a lecture by Nicholas Stanley-Price and Pier Matteo Barone
For 300 years (1716-2016) non-Catholic foreigners who died in Rome have been buried in their own cemetery in front of the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. The Old Cemetery, in use mainly from 1716 to 1822, contains some 60 dated gravestones from that period; but there were other people buried there whose graves either had no gravestone or were later destroyed. In 2015 a Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey of the Old Cemetery aimed to identify unmarked graves and other sub-surface features that might affect management of the area. Pier Matteo Barone will present preliminary results of the survey. Of the 60 dated gravestones, about one quarter can be identified with young men who were probably in Rome on a Grand Tour when they died. The accounts of 19th century visitors to the Cemetery showed little interest in these graves; but in fact they reveal much about the realities of the Grand Tour and the history of foreigners in Rome.
Dr Nicholas Stanley-Price trained as an archaeologist and has specialized in archaeological conservation. He worked for the Getty Conservation Institute and ICCROM, eventually becoming Director of ICCROM from 2000-2005. He also taught site conservation and management at the Institute of Archaeology in London. He is now involved at the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, being a member of the advisory committee and has just published a book on it called “The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome: its History, its People and its Survival for 300 years.”
Pier Matteo Barone is an adjunct faculty at the American University of Rome. He is involved in various archaeological campaigns in Italy and abroad, working with universities, research centres and with the Italian Police and Carabinieri on applications of methodologies of archaeological research, landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, geophysics and diagnostics for archaeological sites, cultural heritage and forensics.