From excavation to museum: the AIRC Vignacce Marsyas statue on display
In the midst of a hectic 4 years of excavating the Villa delle Vignacce in the park of the Aqueducts, generously supported by the American Express Foundation, the American Institute for Roman Culture team discovered in 2009 an intact, in situ statue of superb quality: a Marsyas of reddish marble with one inlaid eye ringed with bronze still preserved. It's a one-of-a-kind statue that after its excavation was quickly removed to storage of the Superintendency of Rome. The excavation concluded in 2010, and quite honestly, I had no word of the statue for six years, until I was notified in December that the newly restored statue would be on permanent public display in the Capitoline Museums in December, 2014. I was thrilled to see what we excavated, though dismayed not to be included in the restoration process or its related study. That much I voiced to the superintendency. At any rate, the material from the excavation is finally going to be moved this spring out of the "cistern" structure in the park to a suitable place so we can conclude our studies and have the site published. I am pleased to note that the substantial display on this extraordinary statue mentions that the American Institute for Roman Culture found the statue and is publishing the excavation. Moving ahead!