Friends of Roman Ostia Foundation (FORO), Inc

Friends of Roman Ostia is a non-profit foundation chartered in the state of Maryland, USA.

In 2015, recognizing a need to promote Roman Ostia, Portus and environs, longtime friends of Roman Ostia determined to create a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting this cause as well as raising funds for further research.

This organization is now a reality. The founders have all worked at Ostia Antica and have contributed to the knowledge and promotion of it for years.


  • to promote knowledge, study, excavation,  and publication of the cultural heritage of Ostia Antica through our international foundation
  • to activate fundraising for that purpose
  • the creation of a network of  connections with other bodies (public and private) related to Ostia Antica, without significant overlap of roles and goals
  • to promote the (re)activation of the procedure for recognizing Ostia Antica and the imperial harbours as UNESCO World Heritage sites


  • attraverso la nostra fondazione internazionale promuovere la conoscenza, lo studio, lo scavo, la pubblicazione ecc. del patrimonio culturale di Ostia Antica
  • attivare la raccolta fondi a tal fine
  • la creazione di una rete di contatti con altri enti (pubblici e privati) correlati con Ostia Antica, senza sovrapposizione di ruoli e finalità
  • promuovere la (ri)attivazione della procedura per il riconoscimento di Ostia Antica ed i porti imperiali come siti del Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO

The Board:

  • The board of FORO – Friends of Roman Ostia – is composed as follows:
    Mary Jane Cuyler, Chairperson | Tonnie Huijzendveld (Arnoldus), Co-chairperson | Philipp Markus Schmitt, Secretary | Francis Brenders, Treasurer | Dirk Nolte, CTO

All photographs (with exception of those provided by the authors of single articles) by Klaus Heese, Federica Sequi and the Ostia Antica Picture Pool (OAPP).