Campaign 2019

The Ostia Forum Project will again conduct excavations in the room TFR_2. That is located just on the other side of northeastern portico and just south of the three rooms, MFR.

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The purpose of this year is to continue the excavations, which we conducted in 2016 and 2017. You can read about these excavations here. The first year, 2016, we analysed a late antique marble pile, and after the removal of the marble pieces, we found an interesting pottery layer. The analysis of the marble pile was part of a larger sub-project, where we analysed all the marble piles in and around the Forum – both late antique as well as modern. You can read a little bit about this sub-project here and how this helps interpret the larger structures in the Forum. In 2017, we excavated in the attempt to construct the chronology of the room, TFR_2 and to see if there would be earlier structures. That was the case, and this will be the topic of this year, 2019.

We will be excavating from Friday the 16th of August until Friday the 27th of September. We will not be on site in the weekends, except the first Saturday, the 17th of August. We are always open to answer any questions you might have regarding our excavations and Ostia in general, so feel free to ask. Also on site, in case any of you will be in Ostia in that period.

Article in Der Tagesspiegel

The Director of Ostia-Forum-Project, Prof. Dr. Axel Gering, has published an article in the German news paper magazine Der Tagesspiegel.

The article is about the last ten years of activity in the Forum of Ostia conducted by the archaeologists from Humboldt-University and their many corporation partners. It also evolves around the aspects of how archaeology can help save world heritage.

You can find the article here!

Archäologie rettet Kulturerbe!

Tuesday the 29. of January 2019 at 19 o’clock s.t. project director Prof. Dr. Axel Gering will have a public lecture titled

Archäologie rettet Kulturerbe! 10 Jahre Ausgrabungen & Dokumentation durch das Ostia-Forum-Projekt und neue Perspektiven“.

Registration for the public lecture is not necessary – everybody is invited!

It is organised by the Stiftung Humboldt-Universität.

The lecture will be held in the main building of the Humboldt-University:
Raum 2091
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

For more information, check this link.

Two master’s thesis presentations from OFP at the Winckelmann-Institute, Berlin

Three of our master students, Sophie Menge, Rocco Steputat and Ilya Poskonin, will present their master thesis work in the “Master and Ph.D. Colloquium“-series of the Winckelmann-Institut at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. The presentations will be held:

When: 24th (Sophie and Rocco) and 31st (Ilya) of January 2019 at 18:00 o’clock.

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

Sophie Menge presents her results from the amphorae found in the different porticoes and rooms during our excavations.

Her presentation is titled:

Amphorenfunde des Ostia Forum Projekts 2016-2018 


Rocco Steputat presents his results from the 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.

His presentation is titled:

Funde und Kontexte – Die Objektdepots im Raum TFR 2 auf dem Forum von Ostia


Ilya Poskonin presents his results about black-glazed pottery excavated in TFR 2 as well.

His presentation is titled:

“Die sogenannten “Schwarzfirnis”-Keramik des Ostia-Forum-Projekts 2016-2017: zur Datierung, Typologie sowie der Herstellung und Nutzung im regionalen Vergleich”


Regarding 3D visualisation

Here you have a link for a teaching video about 3D documentation techniques. It has been produced by Undine Lieberwirth and Julius Bussiliat in 2016 and is based on our excavations in the northwest portico, MFW, in 2011.

This video corresponds well with our aims and methodology.

You can read more about the excavation in 2011 as well as the bigger context in the Forum here.

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.