Dr Francesca Carboni

  • Expert archaeologist for the Soprintendenza Speciale PNRR

Francesca has worked as Newcastle Historical Research Associate for the Rome Transformed project in 2019-2021. She now works for PNRR in Rome but still collaborates with the project.

Her role consists in working on archival documents and contributing to the understanding of the Eastern Caelian building environment’s development from the fourth through the late eighth century CE.

Graduated from Sapienza University in Rome, where she practised at the drawing and technical analysis of classical monuments, she then expanded her expertise to include late antiquity and the Middle Ages, during her postgraduate training and Ph.D. research at Aix-Marseille University.

Francesca took part for prolonged periods to excavations and restoration works carried out in crucial sites of ancient Rome and to many surveys in Italy and around the Mediterranean, as a member of Italian and foreign universities’ projects, before moving to Ghent University in 2012, as a fellow of the Found Research Flanders (FWO). There she completed two research projects intended to frame the evolution in urban planning and layout that concerned the towns of central Adriatic Italy, between late antiquity and the early Middle ages.

Her current research focuses on the transformation dynamics involving the topography of Rome from the late Imperial to the Medieval period (with particular reference to the Oppian hill,  that was the topic of her doctoral thesis and the subject of a forthcoming monograph), the final urban patterns of Roman abandoned towns in Picenum (within the current Marche region), the architecture and building phases of the Domus Fulminata at Ostia.