This website offers virtual access to a premier collection of 4,000 curated and cataloged historic depictions amassed by Rodolfo Lanciani (1845–1929), a pioneer in the systematic, modern study of the city of Rome. The project is a collaboration of Dartmouth College, University of Oregon, Stanford University and Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Italy, which houses the images.
Since its declassification in 1996, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery, collected from 1960-1972 as part the world’s first spy satellite program, has proven to be an extraordinarily powerful resource for archaeology and other disciplines. Because the imagery pre-dates the dramatic land use changes that have come with urban expansion, industrialization, and agricultural intensification in recent decades, it preserves a view of countless archaeological sites and other landscape features that have been destroyed or obscured by modern development. Furthermore, because CORONA offers the only source for global-scale, historic, high-resolution imagery, it is a critical tool in studies of environmental, land use, and urban transformation.