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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsGRAEME EARL: We've reached the end of the course now, ending on a high with the study of the largest and most complex building on site, the so-called Palazzo Imperiale, or Imperial Palace. We've thought about this term, and about what the building might really have been used for. We've heard about the latest work on-site, and what it tells us about the changing character of the building complex through time, including the possible amphitheatre. Simon, Dragana, Peter, myself, and all of our colleagues and students have had enormous fun bringing this course together. And we hope that you feel inspired to continue learning to be an archaeologist, and perhaps even to come and join us on the Portus Field School, or at Southhampton.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsWe are particularly grateful to our Italian colleagues, like those in the Archaeological Superintendency for Rome, and elsewhere. We work closely with them on-site, and they've provided lots of support and encouragement in creating this course. Similarly, many thanks are owed to our longstanding collaborators at the British School at Rome, as well as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, who funded the excavation of many of the buildings that we've been discussing. The course has only really been able to give you a taster of the work that we do, the range of finds and buildings that we're continuing to study.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsPortus is one of the key sites in Roman world, and is crucial for our understanding of how the diverse provinces of the Roman world were tied together. And also for feeling the pulse of both the empire, and the city that created it. There's so much more to do. I'll leave it to Dragana to explain why all of us keep coming back to this magical place.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 secondsDRAGANA MLADENOVIC: What makes work at Portus so interesting, and what makes me coming back year after year, is the fact that although it is very hard work in dirt and heat, it is exceptionally rewarding and interesting. And it still is after so many years of doing it. When we came here first, we had a lot of questions. And some of them, we could possibly speculate on, but we really didn't have any certain answers. Now after a number of seasons, we got some questions answered. But of course, as you answer one question, another one opens up. And with some questions, we are making progress, but we still don't have the answers.

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsSo it is really, really rewarding to see, season after season, another bit of information coming out, and something that was really dubious becoming more clear. And the whole process, is very rewarding and exceptionally intellectually stimulating.

Skip to 2 minutes and 48 secondsGRAEME EARL: Thanks so much for investing all your energies in the last six weeks. Bye.

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We really hope you enjoyed the course!

Remember that you can come back and work with us next year in Italy on the Portus Field School. And we also offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Southampton that can take your studies even further.

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Thanks again for all the time and energy you have put into the last six weeks,


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