Located in the midst of unspoilt Tuscan countryside, the excavations of the Roman river port of Rusellae are shaping a new understanding of trade networks within Roman Italy. Located by the Ombrone river and the via Aurelia vetus, the port acted as a local hub for the exchange of goods.
From the early Romanization of the area, the site developed and changed in association with the fortunes of Rome itself. The Empire-wide goods found at the port bear evidence to the fluctuating landscapes of international connections between the 3rd century BC and the 6th century AD.
The site was also a major production centre for luxury goods. The port’s associated industrial quarter includes extensive glass- and metal-working facilities, with a scale of production unmatched in the area.
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The excavations are carried out by the University of Sheffield and the Alberese Archaeological Project, in collaboration with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana and John Cabot University.