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Ostia and the Harbour of Claudius Part 2

The harbour basin of Claudius, constructed in the second half of 1st century AD, is located about 3.5 km north of Ostia. The remains are largely hidden beneath several meters of dune sand formed during the historical aggradation of the coast line, and can therefore only be investigated through drilling, see www.ostia-foundation.org/claudius-harbour/. This is a series of posts about the …

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Ostia and the Harbour of Claudius Part 1

The harbour basin of Claudius, constructed in the second half of 1st century AD, is located about 3.5 km north of Ostia. The remains are largely hidden beneath several meters of dune sand formed during the historical aggradation of the coast line, and can therefore only be investigated through drilling, see www.ostia-foundation.org/claudius-harbour/. This is a series of posts about the …

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The River Harbour of Ostia Part 2

The question if Ostia possessed an harbour basin has recently been resolved positivily through drilling and geophysical research in the area between the Palazzo Imperiale and the Torre Boacciana. A deep harbour existed at least between the 4th and 2nd century BC, but it is not sure if the successive silting up led to its abandonment or if it was …

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The River Harbour of Ostia Part 1

The question if Ostia possessed an harbour basin has recently been resolved positivily through drilling and geophysical research in the area between the Palazzo Imperiale and the Torre Boacciana. A deep harbour existed at least between the 4th and 2nd century BC, but it is not sure if the successive silting up led to its abandonment or if it was …

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Ostia and the Tiber Floods Part 4

How the Tiber floods of the 16th century forever changed the landscape of Ostia. This series of short notes by Tonnie Huijzendveld refers to the catastrophic floods that afflicted the Lower Tiber valley, peaking in the 16th century AD. We know about these floods from written sources and through geoarchaeological investigations. The floods with the highest levels ever reached by …