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Laura Banducci

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. (McMaster), M.Phil (Cambridge), M.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2930
Office:2A52 Paterson Hall

Website:Prof. Banducci's website


Laura Banducci is an archaeologist, with a particular interest in the Roman republican period and in the Etruscan civilization of central Italy. She earned an MA in Latin and her MA and PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. She has worked on archaeological projects in England, Greece, and Italy.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on three principal areas:

  • diet and dining practices, collectively referred to as ‘foodways’
  • how artefacts were made, used, re-purposed and discarded
  • entertainment and leisure culture

Her research is grounded in the idea that an individual’s daily behavior, as reflected by the material record, can provide important insights into large-scale societal changes in the ancient world. She is currently completing a book that investigates the foodways of several sites in central Italy.

Since 2009 she has been a staff member at the Gabii Project (excavating the town of Gabii, 18 km East of Rome). Excavations are leading to a number of important discoveries regarding urbanism, burial practices, and domestic and public architecture in Roman Italy. The Gabii Project is run as an archaeological field school for students interested in learning state-of-the-art excavation, study, and recording techniques. At Gabii, Dr. Banducci is the Director of Finds, responsible for coordinating the study and publication of the vast array of artefacts from the site. She runs the Gabii Finds Research Group which is supported by a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Dr. Banducci also co-directs the Capturing the Life Cycle of Ceramics in Rome project (CaLC-Rome), teaming with colleagues from the University of Missouri, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Burgundy Franche Comté in France. They are studying of the use-life of ceramics excavated in the late 19th century from funerary and sanctuary contexts in Rome, stored in the Capitoline Museums and currently on loan to the University of Missouri. The CaLC-Rome project employs high-resolution imaging techniques that support the detailed metrical study of use wear traces to consider pottery consumption practices. The results are presented through an interactive online scholarly catalogue, making both the 3D models and the scientific data available to the research community and the broader public. This is supported by several grants through the University of Missouri and Carleton. The collection of images and catalogue of objects as of 2016 is visible here.

In 2016 she was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a new project called, “Repair, consume, discard: quality and value in Roman ceramics.”

At Carleton she advises students about summer fieldwork opportunities throughout the Mediterranean and is a point of contact for the minor in archaeology.

Courses 2020/2021

CLCV 3003A: Eating and Drinking in Classic Antiquity (W)
CLCV 3307/ARTH 3105/RELI 3733A: Pre-Roman Art and Archaeology: The Etruscans (W)
CLCV 4800A:  Roman Britain (F)
LATN 1005B:  Introduction to Latin I (F)

Selected publications

2020 A. Martin, M.J. Cuyler, L.M. Banducci. “Santa Maria in Aracoeli (Rome): Frank Brown’s Excavation in 1963.” Archaeologiae XVIII: 11-80.

2018 L.M. Banducci, R. Opitz, and M. Mogetta. “Measuring use wear on black gloss pottery from Rome through 3D surface analysis.” In Big Data on the Roman Table, Edited by P. Allison and M. Pitts. Special Issue of Internet Archaeology 50.

2018. A. Johnston, M. Mogetta, L. Banducci, R. Opitz, J. Farr, E. Casagrande Cicci, A. Gallone, N. Terrenato.A Monumental Mid-Republican Building Complex at Gabii.” In Papers of the British School at Rome 86, 1-35.

2017. “Tastes of Roman Italy: Early Roman expansion and taste articulation.” In Taste and the Ancient Senses. Edited by K. C. Rudolph. For Series: The Senses in Antiquity. New York: Routledge, 120-137.

2015. “Fuel, cuisine, and food preparation in Etruria and Latium: Cooking stands as evidence for change,” in Ceramics, Cuisine and Culture: the Archaeology and Science of Kitchen Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Edited by M. Spataro and A. Villing. Oxford: Oxbow, 157-169.

2015. “A tessera lusoria from Gabii and the afterlife of Roman gaming.” In HEROM: Journal of Hellenistic and Roman Material Culture 4.2, 199-221.