Potenza Valley Survey project - Exhibition

Logo PVS Exhibtion (large view)

Logo PVS Exhibtion

(08-05-2017) On May 24 2017, the exhibition 'Potentia and the Potenza valley between the Apennines and the Adriatic sea' will open in the Academia Belgica (Rome, Italy).

The exhibition presents 17 years of interdisciplinary research in the valley of the Potenza River (Marche region, Italy) carried out by the Department of Archaeology (Ghent University) under the direction of Prof Dr Frank Vermeulen.

The expo highlights important changes in the use by man of traditional landscape in the region in Antiquity and presents the state of current knowledge about inter-cultural expressions and contacts between the Romans, Piceni and other peoples who had an impact on this area.

Virtual Reconstruction of Roman PotentiaIntensive archaeological and geographical surveys since 2000 have brought to light an impressive set of new data concerning about 3000 years of settlement dynamics in region, between the Bronze Age and the medieval period. A special focus lies on the impact of Romanization on the landscape of the Potenza Valley and the role of the coastal town of Potentia, a Roman colony whose early foundation in the 2nd century BC and position at the crossroads between the valley corridor and the maritime connections was quintessential for the formation of this ancient Roman landscape.

The use of recently developed methods of non-invasive prospection are demonstrated to show the progress of modern archaeological and topographical research, as well as their potential for the protection and valorization of cultural landscapes and important archaeological relicts and sites. The new data are integrated with results from more traditional approaches, such as archaeological excavation, monument and material studies, epigraphic research and art historian analyses on the more substantial Roman remains know today in this valley, such as architectural relicts, statuary, funerary complexes, objects of daily use, etc.

The exhibition runs in:

  • Academia Belgica, Rome, Italy (24/05/2017 - 07/07/2017)
  • Castello Svevo, Porto Recanati, Italy (14/07/2017 - 14/10/2017)
  • Ghent University, Gent, Belgium (December 2017)


For further information and for the exhibition trailer, see: