Marcello Mogetta

Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology
207 Swallow Hall
Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Interests

Mediterranean Urbanism (Archaic and Hellenistic periods); Roman Archaeology (especially Italy and the West); Roman Republican architecture; Archaeological Methods and Digital Humanities.

Bio

I arrived at the University of Missouri in 2015 after research stints at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the Freie Universität Berlin. Since then, my scholarly work has been focusing on the archaeology of first millennium BCE Italy, combining formal architectural study, stratigraphic and archaeometric analysis in the field and lab, and digital techniques of recording and visualization of ancient remains and artifacts. Some of my research threads include Italian urbanism in its broader Mediterranean context, the cultural implications of Rome’s expansion, and especially the complex and ambiguous relationship between the formation of a distinctive Roman material and visual culture, the influence of Greek tradition, and the agency of non-Roman patrons and builders. More recently, I became interested in the spatial organization and economy of ritual.

My forthcoming book on the origins of Roman concrete investigates architectural innovation in Republican Italy through the lens of civic identity and élite self-representation, the relationship between private and public architecture, and charts the directions of the technological exchange between Rome and her neighbors challenging current Romanocentric views about processes of cultural diffusion in Roman Italy.

Other ongoing publication projects are tied to primary fieldwork I co-direct at the site of Gabii, a top-tier Latin center near Rome (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gabiiproject/). To study city formation, town-planning, the emergence of monumental civic architecture, and the development of domestic architecture there, I have received funding from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation in 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18. The Gabii Project is notable for its use of digital tools to document archeological remains, particularly in the form of 3-dimensional models from photogrammetry. The first volume in the final report series, A Mid-Republican House from Gabii (https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/monographs/n009w229r), which I co-edited, addresses the need for effective and innovative ways of publishing and sharing the data as collected, presenting our research in a manner in which analysis, visualization, modeling and narrative are closely intertwined.

At Pompeii, under the auspices of the Archaeological Park, I have just launched the Venus Pompeiana Project, a new three-year collaborative enterprise whose aim is to resume the study of one of the most prominent religious complexes at the site, the Temple and Sanctuary of Venus, for which I've been awarded the AIA Cotsen Grant for First Time Directors in 2018 (https://www.archaeological.org/interactivedigs/pompeiiitaly/).

In addition to architecture and urbanism, I have pursued object-oriented research interests. The CaLC-Rome project, which I direct, focuses on the 3D modeling and surface analysis of ceramic vessels from the Esquiline necropolis of Rome in order to reconstruct their manufacturing process and life cycle.  This initiative is part of an international cultural agreement between the University of Missouri and the Capitoline Museums known as the Hidden Treasure of Rome, and resulted in the creation of an interactive digital data collection whose metadata comply with the main international standards used for cultural heritage (available at http://digital.lib.usf.edu/htr), so that scholars in Italy and elsewhere can finally access what had remained for decades a “dark archive.”

I welcome graduate students interested in doing research in any of my specialty areas, and offer the opportunity to join my fieldwork projects.

Courses Taught
  • 2450 The World of Pompeii
  • 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)
Select Publications

Books

Mogetta, M. in progressThe Origins of Roman Concrete: A Social History of Rome’s Architectural Revolution

Mogetta, M. (ed.) in progress. Elite Infant Burial Practices and Urbanization Processes at Gabii, Italy: The Area D Tombs and their Contents. Berlin: Edition Topoi

Marks, R. and Mogetta, M. (eds.) in progress. Domitian’s Rome and the Augustan Legacy. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the University of Missouri, Columbia (September 1-2 2017)

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

Book chapters

Battiloro, I. and Mogetta, M., with contributions by Barretta, M., D’Esposito, L., Diffendale, D. P., Harder, M. C., Pardini, G., Pignataro, M., Russo, A., and Varriale, I. forthcoming. “New Investigations at the Sanctuary of Venus in Pompeii: Interim Report on the 2017 Season of the Venus Pompeiana Project.” In Osanna, M. (ed.), Scavi e ricerche a Pompei e siti della Soprintendenza. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider.

Mogetta, M. forthcoming. “Monumentality, Technological Innovation, and Identity Construction in Roman Republican Architecture: The Remaking of Cosa, post-197 BCE.” In F. Buccellati, A. Gass, S. Hageneuer, S. van der Heyden and F. Levenson (eds.), Size Matters - XXL Projects in the Ancient World

Mogetta, M. and S. Cohen, forthcoming. “Infant and child burial practices from an élite domestic compound at Early Iron Age and Orientalising Gabii.” In J. Tabolli (ed.), From invisible to visible. New data and methods for the archaeology of infant and child burials in pre-Roman Italy. Peer reviewed proceedings of the international conference Trinity College Dublin (24-25 April 2017). Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology (SIMA). Uppsala: Astrom Editions

Banducci, L. M., Opitz, R., and Mogetta, M. 2018. “Measuring use wear on black gloss pottery from Rome through 3D surface analysis.” In P. Allison and M. Pitts (eds.), Big Data on the Roman Table. Internet Archaeology 50. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.50.12

Mogetta, M. 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

Johnston, A. C., Mogetta, M., Banducci, L., Opitz, R., Gallone, A., Farr, J, Casagrande Cicci, E., and N. Terrenato 2018. “A Monumental Mid-Republican Building Complex at Gabii.” Papers of the British School at Rome 86: 1-35 (DOI: 10.1017/S0068246217000423)

Mogetta, M., Banducci, L., and Opitz, R. 2017 “Roman Black Gloss Pottery from the Capitoline Museum: A New 3D Scanning Endeavor at the University of Missouri.” Muse. Annual of the Museum of Art and Archaeology. University of Missouri 50 (2016) [2017]: 33-44

Mogetta, M. 2016. “The Early Development of Concrete in the Domestic Architecture of Pre-Roman Pompeii.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 29: 43-72

Mogetta, M. 2015. “A New Date for Concrete in Rome.” Journal of Roman Studies 105: 1-40

Mogetta, M. and Becker, J. A. 2014. “Archaeological Research at Gabii, Italy: The Gabii Project Excavations 2009-2011.” American Journal of Archaeology 118: 171-188

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