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Overview of this part of the site

You have studied the material from this part of the site at lots of earlier stages in this course. Here below we have provided an additional video of Simon captured …

Your questions answered

On the last version of the course we produced additional materials responding to comments and queries raised throughout the course, and concentrating on a particular week each day. We hope …

The Castellum Aquae

The so-called Castellum Aquae, is actually a three storey cistern block (Building 1) that also formed the eastern end of the northern range of the Palazzo Imperiale. It was built …

Excavating the Imperial Palace

In the background behind Fabrizio there is view into the basement level of the Palazzo Imperiale, the c. 3 Hectare and three storey administrative and residential complex at the heart …

Summary of the week

Next week you will come and visit the site with us as it was during recent fieldwork. We will be sharing more content that we filmed and photographed on site. …

Building Three and the Palace complex

Throughout the course we have referred to the Palazzo Imperiale as a single complex. However, because it covers such a large ground area, around three hectares, we often tend to …

The Amphitheatre

Sometime in the later second to early third century, an oval-shaped building (c. 42m by 38m) was constructed in the open space that is defined by the eastern facade and …

Find of the week – Byzantine cross

The burials and the cross, and other objects likes rings together give much more of a sense of the people at the port. As Simon said, since we’ve been working …

The burials

As you have heard previously, although people were central to the life of any port, there is very little archaeological evidence for the inhabitants of Portus. This is true for …

Find of the week – fineware

For our second “find of the week” Simon has chosen fineware ceramics. Penny mentioned fineware in the video earlier this week about processing finds. The two main types Simon discussed …

Reflectance transformation imaging (RTI)

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is a mechanism for manipulating multiple images under different lighting conditions to capture very subtle surface information. At a basic level, it operates under the principle …

Scientific finds analyses

Having carefully recorded the finds as part of the initial stage of processing they are assessed for conservation. The vast majority of materials from Portus does not require active conservation …