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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Miss Costanza Vecchiet

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Academic background/Biography

Born in Trieste in 1982, I attended the University of Trieste and gained my Bachelor degree in Science of Cultural Heritage in december 2005, debating a thesis upon the preliminar result of excavation led by the same University in Aquileia, at the site of Via Gemina, and proposing a project of data integrated digitization. Subsequently I attended the Master course at the same University, treating the specialization thesis in Ancient Topography, entiteled “History and topography of a district of the ancient Rome. The eastern Esquilino” in december 2008. After a short break I joined the unified two-years School of Specialization of Trieste, Udine and Venice Cà Foscari, gaining my Second Level Master degree in Cultural Heritage in May 2013, defending a thesis about the archivial documentation regarding the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome.

Over the past years I worked with the University of Trieste, Department of Archaeology, as Head of the Education and Communication office during the exhibition "SottoTrieste. Two thousand years of history in Stari Grad " (2010) and I am still cooperating with the High Adriatic Antiquity Centre (Centro di Antichità Alto Adriatiche - Italy) for conference organization and text editing.

Excavations conducted: northern district of Aquileia (2004-2011) under the direction of the University of Trieste; Villamagna –Anagni- (2006-2007) with the Archaeological Superintendecy of Lazio, British School of Rome and University of Pennsylvania; Falacrinae (2007-2009) organized by the Archaeological Superintendecy of Lazio, British School of Rome and University of Perguia. 

Currently, I am attending my last MPhil year at Durham University from my hometown in Trieste, Italy, aiming to submitt my dissertation in September 2019 and degree in January 2020.

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Research Topic

The Basilica of the Sait Felice and Fortunato and its context in Aquileia. History, development and landscape changes between Late Antiquity and Middle Age.


The research project aims to gain a complete understanding of the Basilica of the Saints Felice and Fortunato in Aquileia, and its surrounding landscape. The Basilica, built in the 4th century AD on the area where the two vicentians brothers were martyred, has not been studied and all its excavation findings are yet unpublished. Thus, the project is dealing with a context only partially explored through excavations conducted between 1978 and 1985 by the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Trieste.

In order to provide an accurate rapresentation of the area and its growth, the project focuses on the analysis of ancient literary sources, contemporary literature, post-excavation studies and findings to reconstruct all the phases of development of the church and its neighboring sector from the 1st until the 15th century AD, by using both published and unpublished materials. A further objective of the study is to understand the correlation between the Basilica’s role within the territory of Aquileia and the spread of Christianity in the region.

The importance of the research is two-fold. First, the project will provide a comprehensive study of the Basilica within the territory of Aquileia as one of the main paleochristian churches of the town. Second, by gaining a full understanding of the area in which the Basilica was installed this research can provide further insight into the city's development between the Late Empire and the Middle Ages, helping to shed new light on Aquileia and its Christian topography.