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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 …

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Discovery and Dating of the Ostia Synagogue

From the 1960 Olympics to archival discoveries, an evolving story The Ostia Synagogue is famous worldwide for its great antiquity and its importance to the Jewish community of Ancient Rome. Yet few people are aware of the circumstances surrounding its discovery. In this series of posts, the current field director of the synagogue excavations, Mary Jane Cuyler, gives us a …

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Ostia and the Tiber Floods Part 1

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 …