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Ostia beyond the Tiber: recent archaeological discoveries in the Isola Sacra

Ostia beyond the Tiber: recent archaeological discoveries in the Isola Sacra
Ostia beyond the Tiber: recent archaeological discoveries in the Isola Sacra
This article is a preliminary statement about the discoveries that have been made in the course of the geophysical survey of the Isola Sacra by the Portus Project in collaboration with the SS-Col since 2006. The work has made an important contribution to our understanding of the topography of the island with the discovery of many new sites, together with a major new canal which ran southwards from Portus towards the mouth of the Tiber. Of particular importance, however, was the discovery of a new northern sector of Ostia on the northern side of the Tiber. This area was composed of a suite of very large warehouses that were shut off from the rest of the Isola Sacra to the north by a defensive wall. This discovery transforms our understanding of the topography of Ostia, although there are still uncertainties about the chronology of both the warehouses and the defensive wall.
Questo articolo è un resoconto preliminare delle scoperte fatte nelcorso delle prospezioni geofisiche condotte dal Portus Project incollaborazione con il SS-Col da 2007 in poi. I risultati hanno portatoun contributo importante alla nostra conoscenza della topografia dell’Isola con la scoperta di molti nuovi siti archeologici, insieme a ungrande canale finora sconosciuto che si estendeva da Porto verso il sude la bocca del Tevere. Di particolare importanza è stata la scoperta diun nuovo settore di Ostia al nord del margine nord del fiume. Questosettore era occupato da un insieme di grandi magazzini ed altri edificiche erano delimitati sul lato nord da una cinta muraria difensiva. Questo panorama di una zona urbana finora sconosciuta oltre il fiumemodifica dunque nostra comprensione della topografia ostiense, anchese ci sono ancora incertezze sulla cronologia dei magazzini e dellemura difensive.
Ostia, Rome, Tiber River, Isola Sacra, ARCHAEOLOGY, archaeological survey, geophysical survey, Portus, landscape survey, roman ports, Porti romani, Porto, prospezione geofisiche, prospezione topografiche
École Française de Rome
Keay, Simon
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Strutt, Kristian
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Germoni, Paola
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Keay, Simon
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Keay, Simon, Strutt, Kristian, Germoni, Paola and Millett, Martin (2017) Ostia beyond the Tiber: recent archaeological discoveries in the Isola Sacra. In, Ricerche su Ostia e il suo territorio: Atti del Terzo Seminario Ostiense (Roma, École française de Rome, 21-22 ottobre 2015. (Publications de l’École française de Rome) École Française de Rome.

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Abstract

This article is a preliminary statement about the discoveries that have been made in the course of the geophysical survey of the Isola Sacra by the Portus Project in collaboration with the SS-Col since 2006. The work has made an important contribution to our understanding of the topography of the island with the discovery of many new sites, together with a major new canal which ran southwards from Portus towards the mouth of the Tiber. Of particular importance, however, was the discovery of a new northern sector of Ostia on the northern side of the Tiber. This area was composed of a suite of very large warehouses that were shut off from the rest of the Isola Sacra to the north by a defensive wall. This discovery transforms our understanding of the topography of Ostia, although there are still uncertainties about the chronology of both the warehouses and the defensive wall.
Questo articolo è un resoconto preliminare delle scoperte fatte nelcorso delle prospezioni geofisiche condotte dal Portus Project incollaborazione con il SS-Col da 2007 in poi. I risultati hanno portatoun contributo importante alla nostra conoscenza della topografia dell’Isola con la scoperta di molti nuovi siti archeologici, insieme a ungrande canale finora sconosciuto che si estendeva da Porto verso il sude la bocca del Tevere. Di particolare importanza è stata la scoperta diun nuovo settore di Ostia al nord del margine nord del fiume. Questosettore era occupato da un insieme di grandi magazzini ed altri edificiche erano delimitati sul lato nord da una cinta muraria difensiva. Questo panorama di una zona urbana finora sconosciuta oltre il fiumemodifica dunque nostra comprensione della topografia ostiense, anchese ci sono ancora incertezze sulla cronologia dei magazzini e dellemura difensive.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 December 2017
Keywords: Ostia, Rome, Tiber River, Isola Sacra, ARCHAEOLOGY, archaeological survey, geophysical survey, Portus, landscape survey, roman ports, Porti romani, Porto, prospezione geofisiche, prospezione topografiche

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417090
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Date deposited: 19 Jan 2018 17:30
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:00

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