University of Pennsylvania, Archaeology Mapping Lab

Digital Augustan Rome

Screenshot of Digital Augustan Rome map interface.

The result of nearly 30 years of work, the Archaeological Mapping Lab (which operates from the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) created a map of Augustan-era Rome circa A.D. 14 to help better understand the composition, organization and planning of this ancient urban city.

Upswell worked with the Lab to reimagine the published research in a digital form. Initially launched in 2009, Digital Augustan Rome has withstood the test of time, offering thousands of students and researchers access to academic resources each year, and for many years to come.

Digital Augustan Rome is one of many pioneering digital humanities projects that leveraged Web 2.0 development techniques to provide general access to work that was once available to only a few niche researchers.

Archeological research into the structures of Ancient Rome reveals its riches in a map-based platform.

Screenshot of the Digital Augustan Rome map with a modern satellite overlay.
Screenshot of the Digital Augustan Rome location type filter interface.
Screenshot of the Digital Augustan Rome record search interface.
Screenshot of the Digital Augustan Rome record detail of the Circus Maximus.
Screenshot of the Digital Augustan Rome mapping interface with a satellite view of the Roman Colosseum.

Location

  • Philadelphia, PA

Year

  • 2009