Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsSIMON KEAY: So now, last week, we were looking at the excavation of buildings, large pieces of wall, expanses of floor, burials, and things of that kind. And that tells us a lot about, obviously, about the structure of the port and how it developed. But this week, we're actually going to shift our focus a little bit and we're going to start looking at the people at Portus. Now, we're going to do that by focusing upon different kinds of evidence. We are going to be looking at burials. We're going to be looking at the ceramics that are traded around the Mediterranean and which tell us about what's coming in to the port from different parts of the Mediterranean.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsWe're going to be looking at charred seeds, which give us an idea about the environment of Portus and, perhaps, some of the food that were consumed on site or, indeed, were even traded through the site. We're going to be looking at coins and small finds. And this kind of work is going to be introduced to you by Penny Copeland, who is our Finds Coordinator as well as being someone who's been very accomplished in studying the innovations of our standing buildings and so on.

Summary of the week

Next week you will come and visit the site with us as it was in our last season of fieldwork. We will be sharing content that we filmed or photographed on site. Please keep suggesting materials that you would like us to share to support any questions you have.


Discussion topic

To finish this week I would like you to reflect on your first imagined arrival at Portus. In the First Century discussion step I asked you to imagine yourself as a provincial traveller coming to the port for the first time in the mid-1st century AD, the time of Claudius. Have a look back at what you wrote in week one.

I would like you now to pick the phase of the site that has most interested you - perhaps the time of Claudius again, or Trajan’s expansion or a later period of change or decline. Describe again your arrival by sea or by land. What is the experience like? What kind of buildings would you find in the port? What are the people doing?

As ever, feel free to share visual or other representations of your imagined arrival via the Flickr group pool.

[Extra] Week 5 blog posts

At the end of the last run of this course we captured additional video and other materials on site, in the lab or in the studio to respond to questions raised about each week. You might like to follow the link below to the Week 5 Blog Posts that bring many of these together. Remember that they may relate to different versions of the course.

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Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

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