Methods

The great extent and complexity of the site and surrounding landscape of Portus requires a multi-faceted approach to their study. It is clear that while survey techniques are very useful in providing importantĀ  information about the spatial layout of the site and aspects of its complex structural sequence, the best results are obtained when they are used in concert. Thus following the overall geophysical survey at the site between 1998 and 2004, the Portus Project team fromĀ  2007 onwards has applied a range of different methods of ground-based survey to assess the nature of archaeological remains, together with remote sensing approaches. At the same time targeted large-scale open-area excavation has played a key role in clarifying our interpretation of these results, providing precious information about structural sequences and construction techniques, as well as large quantities of ceramics and environmental material that inform us about commercial connections between the port and other parts of the Mediterranean. Computation has been at the heart of attempts to integrate data and interpretation, and to communicate the complexities of the site to a wide audience.

 

Taking near-IR photographs at Portus

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