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Introducing Week Six

I can’t believe it is week six already! Hopefully, by the end of this week you will be happy working as a member of the Portus Project team, having not …

Introducing week five – the finds

Welcome back! This week we will be concentrating on the later years of Portus, and in particular the 5th to the 7th centuries AD. We will be studying the beautiful …

Digging into the Fourth Century

So, we are now ready to getting going on week four! Wondering about the background behind me in the video? Perhaps you can recognize it? It was the entrance to …

Geophysical prospection

Terrestrial geophysics allows us to see beneath the soil, giving an insight into buried buildings and other archaeological and geological information. Methods covered here include Electrical Resistance Tomography, Magnetometry and …

The landscape setting

Hello again, and welcome to week three. I hope you are now feeling at home at Portus? This week we’ll start looking under the soil, with a host of scientific …

Meet the other educators

This video introduces students from the Portus Field School in 2013 who contributed to this course; you will meet them again in later videos. Some of them will also be …

Accessing related archaeological data

Increasingly archaeological information is being shared openly and for free online. As this course has been created whilst the latest season of work on the Portus Project is still ongoing …

The Trajanic ports

As you know the Roman Empire was its height during the reign of the emperor Trajan. He had just conquered Dacia and with the gold from the Dacian mines pouring …

The value of ceramics

In this whistle-stop tour we have explored the Claudian harbour, and its place in the Roman world. We have thought about connections to other parts of the Empire and examined …

The issue of scale at Portus

In this video I introduced some of the methodological issues posed by the very large scale of an archaeological site such as Portus. In particular we can start to think …

The links to other ports

We have looked at the establishment of Portus, and now its connections to other ports. Materials like pottery, glass and marble show us that Portus was a hub connected to …