During the excavation campaign of 2009 on the via Ardeatina a female head was found, reused as
building material in the foundation of the early Christian basilica ‘a deambulatorio’. It represents a
young woman with a personalized appearance and a complex hairstyle, formed by a ‘crown’ and a
turban of multiple hair-braids, which is reminiscent of the official models of the Trajanic and early-Hadrianic periods.
The results of the typological, iconographic and stylistic analysis provide a coherent framework
that allows us to recognize in the head a portrait originally pertaining to a whole-length funerary
relief, probably relating to a married couple. The relief was originally part of a funerary monument
(perhaps inserted into its facade), erected along the via Ardeatina or the neighbouring via Appia.