Back from Field campaign!

The university has started its winter-term and all the team-members are back from the field campaign 2014. This year we have documented a large pile of marble fragments in one of the rooms south of MFD with laser-scanners and the newest 3-D-camera-system used by the German Aerospace. Due to the high number of half-worked fragments and “exercise-pieces” we believe this could have been a rubbish dump of an artisans’ workshop nearby, probably the one we have found in the campaign 2013. A detailled quantitative and qualitative analysis of all marble pieces will be the focus for our next years campaign.  Many fragments come doubtless from the Roma- and Augustustemple, some of them are previously unknown, like parts of the pediment sculpture. Other fragments were parts of sculptures, statue-bases, sarcophagus, reliefs or architectural decoration of demolished buildings surrounding the south end of the Forum.  By the stratigraphical information we suppose it could have been a deposit with a TPQ of the middle of the 5th century AD. A new report will summarize our finds and their significance for reconstructing the final phases of Ostia soon!


These sections are now updated with all new information regarding “Post-excavation Work“, “Our agenda for the final publication“, “Discuss with us: Level-raises” and “3-D-Visualization“. Here it is possible to examine 3-D-models of selected areas. Furthermore, we have explained “Why do we use laserscans?” and “Future perspectives of 3-D-works“.

The lecture of the 28. of May 2014 at the Humboldt University, where Axel Gering spoke about “Ein Forum ohne Ende? Ergebnisse und Perspektiven der Ausgrabungen des Ostia-Forum-Projekts (OFP) 2010-2013” will be summarized in the section “Public Presentations” under “University” soon.

New research on the visibility of statues in the last phases of the Forum in the 5th and early 6th centuries, and regarding the cultic continuity in the Forum area in the 5th century, will be presented in separate sections of this webpage and in the forthcoming book of Axel Gering: Ostias vergessene Spätantike. Die urbanistische Deutung grosser Flächenausgrabungen in Palilia 31.

The presentation, Ostian Marble Roof Tiles and the urban impact, from the 5. of June 2014 by Daniel Damgaard, will be presented in the forthcoming article in Romische Mitteilungen and as a summary in the section “Public Presentations” under “University“. Furthermore, the subproject “Ostian Marble Roof Tiles” will be updated soon with new aspects.

A presentation of Ostia-related research of Axel Gering in Hannover, the 25.-28. June 2014 with the title: “Ostia: Veränderte Stadtwahrnehmung zwischen Hoher und Später Kaiserzeit” in the Kolloquium: “Stadtwahrnehmung als Sinneswahrnehmung in der Römischen Kaiserzeit”, organized by Prof. Annette Haug (Institut für Klassische Altertumskunde der CAU Kiel, Klassische Archäologie) and Dr. Patric Alexander Kreuz (Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften der Ruhr-Universität Bochum), sponsored by Volkswagen-Stiftung, will be published at the end of this year.

Campaign Photo-Gallery

Check out the Campaign Photo-Gallery! It provides a perfect overview of the different campaigns since 2010. Because a picture says more than a 1000 words. You can choose a scroll-down version, where the pictures are all put on the site. Or you can choose a click gallery, so you have an overview of the pictures. Finally you can choose a slideshow gallery – simply choose it, relaxe and enyoy.