Roman Centuriation System

The rigid mental schemes of the Romans, led them to divide space in virgin lands geometrically. The orientation of this geometrical division followed the course of main rivers and the incline of the land generally in a direction South/SouthEast - North/NorthWest. The land was divided into a hundred square pieces of 20 x 20 actus (710,40 x 710,40 metres roughly 50 hectares) called ''centuries'. To the day, in the Friuli Region, a large field, 'Ciamp grand' = 5047 m2 and is a 100th part of a century. A small field, 'Ciamp pizzul = 3364 m2 and is a 150th part of a century. The medieval Friulian 'Maso' was a feudal property equal to 25 large fields, i.e., a quarter of a century.

La Faula Aerial View 1969 Roman Centuriation in Ravosa and nearby Villages.
Circles Indicate Roman Findings, Asteriscs Lombard Findings
Roman Pottery Fragment at La Faula Roman Centuriation in The Friuli Region