Portus Project

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  • Simon Keay


The Portus Project at the University of Southampton studies the Portus, the harbor of ancient Rome. The project's webpage declares its two objectives:

Firstly, it seeks to build a better understanding of Portus itself, as well as its relationship to Ostia, Rome, and the rest of the Mediterranean. Secondly, it aims to develop techniques that will enhance the ways in which highly complex classical sites can be investigated and recorded, and evaluate the impact of those techniques. Used in combination, non-destructive survey, open area excavation, and the computer graphic representation of excavated and graphically-simulated Roman buildings are key components to achieving these objectives.

A related project of the same university is the Portus Limen Project, that studies all Mediterranean harbors of the Roman Empire.