A very short introduction

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Ostia is the first colony and the main harbour of Rome, approximately 30 km west of the capital of the Roman Empire.

Ostia was an antique ‘metropolis’ with four- and five-storey high multiple dwellings and more than 40.000 inhabitants.

Due to the large-scale excavations until 1941, Ostia is the biggest visible excavation-site of an antique city worldwide.

Our excavation and survey-projects since 2010 are focussed on the political and administrative centre of Ostia, the Forum.

The period of Late Antiquity (4th century – 7th century AD) in Ostia remained largely unknown prior to our fieldwork activities.

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For more details, you are very welcome to check out our website with actual information about excavations and ongoing research-activities!

On the website there will be some bibliographical references and mentioning of researchers – these references and researchers can be found under Project Related Bibliography.