Towards a New Understanding of the Port of Claudius

Simon Keay, Steve Kay and Elena Pomar The new programme of research in the Claudian harbour is focused on the central and eastern parts of the northern mole, estimated at least 1.7km in length. The previous campaigns between 2017-2019 to the west of Viale Coccia di Morto were successful in using Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and 3 targeted cores to provide additional detail to the data collected by the Soprintendenza in 2007-8. Continue reading →

See you at Ostia Antica

As part of a series of monthly meetings "Vediamoci a Ostia Antica" (See you at Ostia Antica) organised by the Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, on the 11 September 2018 at 5pm Simon Keay, Cinzia Morelli and Renato Sebastiani will be speaking about "The Imperial port". 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 →

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 →

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 →