Understanding the Eternal City

The Ostia Forum Project will be represented by its director, Prof. Dr. Axel Gering, and PhD candidates, Sophie Menge, Johannes Trockels, and Daniel Damgaard at the BerGSAS Workshop on New Research in Rome and Ostia, 18-19 July 2024.

A preliminary programme can be found on the BerGSAS website here. The final programme will follow within the next couple of weeks.

The Eigth Ostian Seminar – Ostia before the second century CE

For the eight time, the École Francaise de Rome will host the Ostian seminar. The Ostia Forum Project is represented by three of its members. Prof. Dr. Axel Gering and ph.d. candidate Sophie Menge will be presenting the newest research on the sanctuary discovered in rooms TFR. Ph.d. candidate Daniel Damgaard will be presenting his newest research on the first Forum and its Republican phases.

The seminar will take place between March 21-23 2024. For more on the seminar, see the programme below.

Excavation campaign 2024

From September 2 until October 13 2024, the annual excavation campaign will take place in the heart of Ostia. Once again, the focal point is the further examination of a hitherto unknown sanctuary. In that regard, the Ostia Forum Project is looking for eight participants, who can partake for the entirety of the campaign. All costs will be covered by the project.

For more information, see the document below (in German).

New gallery

Dear all

We have now updated the site with pictures from the most recent campaign. For the first time since 2019 and post Covid-19, we could finally excavate again. We continued from where we left off in 2019 – in TFR.

You can see the slideshow gallery here.

One-year scholarship for students in the Ostia Forum Project

Once again, the Stiftung Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin finances scholarships in the Ostia Forum Project. This time it is a one 1-year scholarship (300€ / month) commencing April 1 2024. To be considered for the positions, you must be a bachelor or master student in Classical Archaeology and be present at the university.

If you are interested in Ostia and in getting to know that place more, then apply. The deadline is January 15, 2024

For more, click here and here.

Presentation in Rome

The Ostia Forum Project will be presenting in the international colloquium Urbs in transitum: innovazione e tradizione tra Roma e Ostia nel III secolo organised by Istituto Storico Austriaco, Academia Belgica and Parco archeologico di Ostia Antica. The colloquium will be taking place between October 4 and October 7 2023 in both Rome and Ostia.

The project is represented by the director, Prof. Dr. Axel Gering, and ph.d. student Sophie Menge. Their presentation is titled From sanctuary to shops. The transformation of the TFR-area northeast of the Forum from the 2nnd to the 3rd century AD.

Presentation at Albert-Ludwig-Universität Freiburg, July 12 2023

Ph.D. candidate Daniel Damgaard is going to present his newest and final research regarding the Forum of Ostia in its diachronic perspective.

The venue is Friedrichstrasse 39, 79098 Freiburg i. Br. It is organised by Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften – Abteilung Klassische Archäologie. The presentation begins at 18:00 c.t. in room HS 1015 (KG I).

For the semester programme, see below

Five available positions in the Ostia Forum Project

The Stiftung Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin finances five one-year scholarships (300€ / month). To be considered for the positions, you must be a bachelor or master student and be present at the university from April 2023 to March 2024 – the two following semesters.

You will attend the lecture Archäometrie in the sommer semester, which is being conducted by Prof. Dr. Axel Gering, and you are to attend the excavation in September-October 2023 in the Forum of Ostia. There will also be some ad hoc tasks along the way.

Thus, if you are interested in Ostia and are interested in getting to know that place more, then apply. The deadline is January 30, 2023