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Ostia-Forum-Project (OFP) and its activities in the centre of Ostia

Ostia was excavated on a large scale until 1941, but many areas were never scientifically documented until today. Pavements were rarely recorded, even though there are relatively adequate plans of walls. Detailed plans exist only regarding high value floors such as figured mosaics – not ordinary floors such as simple mosaics, mortar beddings, travertine and even marble pavements. The situation …

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The Ostia Marina Project

The Ostia Marina Project, an archaeological mission of the Department of History, Culture and Civilization at the University of Bologna, began in 2007 with the aim of deepening our knowledge of the area outside Porta Marina, a suburban zone located between the sea and the late republican walls of ancient Ostia (Fig. 1). The Ostia Marina Project is designed to …

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The Ancient Ostia Graffiti Project

Archaeological sites decay slowly, constantly and often irreversibly. And because of the scarcity of conservation resources, excavated remains are particularly in peril. Such is the case with exposed and partially exposed ancient graffiti at Ostia Antica. Quite regrettably, there are many cases in which graffiti that were plainly visible and readable twenty years ago have now completely disappeared. Digital documentation …