Portus Field School 2018

The Portus Field School will run again this summer, between June 18th and 29th. In the two weeks we plan to reveal a section of the norther facade of the Palazzo Imperiale opening towards the port of Claudius, as well as finish the photogrammetry of the Severan warehouses. All those interested should get in touch with me- please see the Application Process tab for details of how to apply. Continue reading →

Photogrammetric modelling of the Grandi Magazzini di Settimio Severo

The large brick building known as the ‘Grandi Magazzini di Settimio Severo’ lies at the heart of the port complex at Portus, at the head of the canal that opened into the Trajanic hexagonal harbour. Traditionally identified as a warehouse of the later second-century AD, its central position within the port, as well as its size (190m x 130m x 25m) suggests that it may have had several functions. Continue reading →

Survey works in 2016 and 2017

Steve Kay and Sophie Hay undertook GPR and Electrical Resistance Tomography Survey on the Claudian mole in the port of Claudius in spring 2016 and 2017, and are due to do so again in spring 2018. The work was funded by the Portuslimen Project undertaken in close collaboration with the British School at Rome. Steve also undertook the first season of a photogrammetric survey of the Grandi Magazzini di Settimio Severo. Continue reading →

Lost and Found: Places, Objects and People

Friday 27 October 2017, British School at Rome. Lost and Found will bring together some of the archaeologists, classicists and experts in other fields who are leading the fight to preserve the traces of our past. From recovering stolen artefacts, to mapping endangered archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa, this event will demonstrate how international researchers are combating global human problems. Continue reading →

New online tours of Portus launched

We are pleased to launch a series of online tours produced by Peter Wheeler. Peter, with input from the rest of the Portus Project team, has created tours for the Claudian, Trajanic, and Severan periods, and for the Fifth to Seventh Centuries. There is also a tour providing a virtual visit to the archaeological site as it is today. Finally there is an interactive timeline for the site. The tours are intended only as a first step and we have many additions and modifications planned. Continue reading →