Seminar in Rome and Ostia

From the 18.-20. December 2018, Ph.D. student Daniel Damgaard will present some ideas and hypotheses from his dissertation. The ideas and hypotheses evolve around a pre-Castrum settlement in Ostia. He will be the first to speak in the seminar, and that will happen on Tuesday the 18. of December at 09:45 o’clock.

For more info on the seminar, check this link.

Campaign 2018

The Ostia Forum Project will start excavations Thursday the 16th of August and continue until Friday the 28th of September. We will not be on site in the weekends.

If you are in Ostia Antica in this period, feel free to come by. We will be excavating in the same room as the last two years – that is on your right hand side just before you enter the Forum’s plaza, when you come from the entrance (Porta Romana). You can’t miss us. We are the only one excavating in that area (the Forum area). To get an idea, you can check last year’s campaign photo-gallery here!

We will be glad to answer your questions.

Master’s thesis presentation

Rocco Steputat, a master’s student from the Humboldt-University of Berlin, presents his results of some of our very interesting and early ceramics found in room TFR 2 located just behind the eastern portico next to the Capitolium. For some details of our excavations in this area, click here.

This will happen,

When?: The time is not yet defined. However, it will be during the first half of the winter semester – some time between October and December 2018 and at 18:00 o’clock. 

Where?: Room 2095B, the Winckelmann Institute, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.

Pages have been updated!

We have updataed our pages regarding “International Colloquia” and “University Presentations“!

Furthermore, we have added a new Project Publication from 2015 written by our cooperation partner, Undine Lieberwirth. She has written about the use of low budget equipment and open source software for high resolution documentation of archaeological stratigraphy. She used this method in our campaign 2011, where we excavated the western portico next to the Capitolium.


Dear all.

The reason we haven’t yet added any menu called “Campaign 2017” with sub-chapters of different subjects, is because the campaign of 2017 contained so many interesting finds and observations that it have taken some time to comprehend it all. We have and are therefore working on the meaning of it, before we can narrow it down to understandable sentences in a chapter on this website. We know that the last chapter of 2016 ends with “upcoming chapters”, but we are still working on these.

The campaigns of 2016 and 2017 were conducted in the same 5 X 5 metres trench involving a large marble deposit preserved on top, and we may therefore combine both years in the same chapters, menus and interpretations. Thus, we are now working with two years of campaigns from the exact same area, where the campaign of 2017 stratigraphically was deeper. Hence, we can now combine the finds of 2016 with the discoveries of 2017, which provides us and you with a more coherent picture and story of the room and the forum of Ostia in generel.

This post has just been made to clarify the above mentioned, and to inform you that this website is still very much up to date, and we are very much active in the pursuit of the history of the Ostian Forum.

Articles online

It is now possible to download articles on our website. Check them out under Publications.

It has to be noted that due to copyright of some of the articles, we are not able to make them accesible. However, the majority of them are accesible, so feel free to download and study the articles.

‘Axel Gering and Undine Lieberwirth: 3D GIS in archaeology – a micro-scale analysis’ is online

The lecture ‘3D GIS in archaeology – a micro-scale analysis’ held at the Excellence Cluster TOPOI (Dahlem) the 1st of November 2016 is available online thanks to Digital Classicist Berlin. Check it here!

It is a resumé of some technical and archaeological aspects of the 2011 campaign with Undine Lieberwirth’s 3D-visualisation and Axel Gering’s archaeological interpretations.