2018 marks the 70th anniversary of excavation at Cosa, originally undertaken by the American Academy in Rome in 1948 under the directorship of Frank Brown.  Help celebrate the history of archaeology at Cosa and future excavations by supporting our 2018 Cosa 70th Anniversary Campaign! Sweatshirts, T-shirts, and Tote Bags are all available now! The campaign closes on April 21st (Rome's 2,771st birthday!).

 

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The Current Excavations

 Photo credit: matthew brennan

Photo credit: matthew brennan

Following much investigation of the town's sacred and public areas, the current excavations bring into focus the baths complex and propose the beginning of a new relationship with the Soprintendenza per i beni archeologici della Toscana, grounded in both excavation and preservation initiatives.

The 2016 Excavations

A Rich History

 Photo Credit: The American academy in rome

Photo Credit: The American academy in rome

For many years the flagship of American archaeology in Italy, Cosa boasts a remarkable history that spans more than 1,300 years; founded on the eve of the first Punic war, it was destroyed sometime around 70 BCE and then substantially rebuilt under Augustus.                         

Cosa's History ›

A Beautiful Setting

 PHOTO CREDIT: MATTHEW BRENNAN

PHOTO CREDIT: MATTHEW BRENNAN

Cosa overlooks the modern coastal town of Ansedonia, in the province of Grosseto.  It occupies a promontory that enjoys stunning vistas over the Argentario Natural Park and the ancient harbor of Porto Ercole.
 

The Gallery ›