WHAT ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE LEARNED FROM MONTE TESTACCIO
A virtual exhibit curated by Jinette Jimenez ’21 for the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Monte Testaccio, also called Monte de Cocci, or the “Mount of Sherds,” is a 150 foot tall hill in Rome made entirely of amphora sherds, the broken remains of clay pots used thousands of years ago.. This exhibit explores the materials that make up the mountain, its place in the landscape, and how it has helped archaeologists develop deeper understandings about the nature of the Roman imperial economy.
A Mountain of Sherds is just one segment of the larger exhibition Sherds! which will open in April 2021. Please check back here for more information and a link to the full Sherds! exhibition.