A plan of the buildings around the Trajanic basin
A plan of the buildings around the Trajanic basin


At the foot of this page you will find links to high resolution PDF plans of Portus in each of the six periods discussed in this course. There are also links to our Twitter feed and to our online tours.

We recommend that you download the plans now to your PC or mobile device so that you can easily refer to them throughout the course. You may want to print them so you can easily add annotations, or find out how you can annotate PDFs on-screen.

Don’t worry if it all looks a bit complicated - as the weeks progress you will become an expert on what and where everything is at the site!


This course introduces lots of specialised archaeological and technical terms, and these are briefly explained in the Glossary and also in a step’s text the first time they are used. An online search for that term will usually give you a much more detailed description if you want to learn more.

You may wish to bookmark the Glossary so that you can open it in a new browser tab and refer to it easily when you are studying this course.

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Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

University of Southampton

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