The prison etchings were part of an artistic tradition called the , a fantasy aggregation of structures and art works that doesn’t exist in real life.
It was the first major work on the archaeology of ancient mounds in the United States and the first publication of the Smithsonian Institution.
The field belongs to the Stark family who have farmed it for generations but are now reluctantly selling the entire farm, including the earthworks.
The land has road frontage and is close to city water and sewer lines, which makes it a very attractive parcel for a housing development.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the son of stonemason and nephew of an engineer, first trained under that uncle as an architect maintaining the intricate waterworks of his native Venice.
Even though he only ever got one job as an architect in his all too short life, he never lost the passion for buildings. He learned etching in Rome and combined his artistic talent with his favorite subject matter to create views of the city that became popular among Grand Tourists.It was a magnetic imaging survey in 2005 which revealed that the foundations of the complex are still crystal clear under the plough line.