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Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

Learn how ancient artefacts, written evidence, excavation and digital technologies are transforming understanding of this harbour.

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Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

Why join the course?

The harbour city of Portus was the conduit for everything that Rome required from its Mediterranean provinces: foods and grain, luxuries of all kinds, building materials, people and wild animals for the arena. Largely filmed on location at Portus, you will learn to interpret the archaeological discoveries and what they tell us about the history, landscape, buildings, and people of this unique place. You will also gain insight into the wide range of digital technologies employed to record, analyse and present the site and some of the best-preserved Roman port buildings in the Mediterranean.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The archaeological site of Portus and the surrounding area, in terms of its historical context, related written records, and its archaeological and architectural data.
  • Archaeology at multiple scales, from the Roman Empire, via the Roman Mediterranean, landscapes, the port, individual buildings and unique artefacts.
  • The Roman people who lived, worked and died at the site.
  • The range of multidisciplinary methods and theories that are in place at Portus, including techniques, data, values, and ethics.
  • The uses and implications of a range of the archaeological digital techniques in use at Portus, to record, analyse, interpret and present the site.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Collaborate with others to explain and summarise information and ideas relating to Portus.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key archaeological terms such as "context" and "stratigraphy".
  • Describe your own imagined Portus.
  • Identify key locations at Portus.
  • Describe the archaeology of the Tiber delta and its relationship to Rome and the Roman World.
  • Explain archaeological field techniques and site recording methods in terms of their context of use and potential results, and their role in understanding Portus.
  • Compare and contrast Portus at different stages in its history.
  • Plan your ideal visit to Portus in order to tell part of the site’s history.
  • Visualize the harbour at different periods of time and from different perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the archaeological approaches used at Portus by reference to your own knowledge and surroundings.
  • Explain and illustrate your ideas and understanding of Portus by reference to examples, in a way that others can understand.

Who is the course for?

We would like students who are fascinated by archaeology and history. The course will also appeal to students with an interest in technologies such as digital photography. No previous knowledge is required or assumed.

Who will you learn with?

Simon Keay

I am Director of the Portus Project the ERC Advanced Grant funded Portuslimen Project on Roman Mediterranean ports (RoMP); I am alsoAssociate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities.

Graeme Earl

I am a Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Southampton and an educator on the @UoSFLPortus course

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Dragana Mladenović

I am a Roman archaeologist, a lecturer at the University of Southampton and the Director of the Portus Field School.

Who developed the course?

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

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