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The Villa Magna Project aims at the investigation by excavation and survey of a large imperial Roman villa known from letters of Marcus Aurelius and its estate, and the subsequent life of the site, its fortification in late antiquity and the creation of a monastery among the ruins in the 10th century. The project is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Mediterranean Section), the British School at Rome, and the Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici del Lazio, with core funding from the 1984 Foundation, the Comune of Anagni and the BancAnagni Credito Cooperativo. The international project is directed by Elizabeth Fentress; with co-directors Andrew Wallace Hadrill (BSR) and Sandra Gatti (SBAL). Associate directors are Brian Rose and Ann Kuttner of the Univ. of Pennsylvania, and field directors are Caroline Goodson (Birkbeck) and Marco Maiuro.

The site lies in the Valle del Sacco in Lazio, south of the town of Anagni. Two years of research, conducted using remote sensing survey, open area excavation, field survey, and topographic survey conducted in collaboration with the Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca Scientifica (CNRS) has revealed the majority of the plan of the Roman buildings, a spectacular wine-making/dining room complex, what appears to be a service or staff quarter of the villa, and a complex, long-lived church and cemetery around the monastery of S. Pietro in Villamagna.