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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 “unhidden” aspects of the basin, i.e. Monte Giulio and the overland part of the northern breakwater, the Roman ships of Fiumicino and the Claudian harbour facilities of Portus.

Rumor has it that the long-shut Roman Ship Museum at #Fiumicino is slated to reopen. But what's the story behind these…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, December 19, 2017


The navis caudicaria was a type of cargo vessel that was designed to be towed up the #Tiber to bring goods to #Rome from…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Ships are depicted everywhere at Ostia. They're also among the archaeological discoveries! The Roman ship Fiumicino 2 is…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Once excavated, fragile material such as the ancient wood of a Roman ship must be cared for. Take the extraordinary…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Thursday, December 28, 2017


A small, finely detailed bronze bust of Caracalla was excavated along with the Fiumicino 4 wreck. The well-preserved…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Friday, December 29, 2017


When the fishermen of Ostia went out on the sea to fish, how did they keep their catch fresh for the market? The remains…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Saturday, December 30, 2017


Last but not least, the ancient Roman ship known as Fiumicino 9 was discovered and excavated in 1993. Today it remains…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, January 2, 2018



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