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Collaborative Success Stories: Buried Treasure


The University of Missouri has partnered with the city of Rome to research forgotten artifacts.

Gathering dust in a museum-turned-warehouse, hundreds of thousands of ancient Roman artifacts lay boxed in crates, untouched for the better part of a century. For the first time in Italy’s history, antiquities like these are being exported to universities in the United States to be studied. The University of Missouri was selected as the first institution to pilot this unprecedented project.

The project, titled The Hidden Treasure of Rome, utilizes the university’s vast resources and knowledge in the field of archaeology. MU was chosen as the pilot university because of its unique combination of resources and pre-established interdisciplinary relationships. The university’s state-of-the-art archaeometric laboratory at the MU Research Reactor, MU’s accredited Museum of Art and Archaeology and the availability of students in MU’s Department of Art History and Archaeology to study, date and catalogue the artifacts made the university an ideal partner for the city of Rome and Capitoline Museums. The collaboration has resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunity for students, benefiting everyone interested in humanity’s shared cultural heritage.

The project was developed in collaboration with the Capitoline Museum and the City of Rome and is sponsored by Enel Green Power North America.

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