Roman Ports

One of the main areas of archaeological research at the BSR is Roman Ports, both through the Portus Project and Rome’s Mediteranean Ports Project both directed by Professor Simon Keay (BSR Research Professor in Archaeology; University of Southampton).

The projects involve extensive collaboration with universities in the UK (Southampton, Cambridge and Oxford), the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, the Society for Libyan Studies and a range of European universities and research institutions.

In addition to this the BSR also runs a research programme of geophysical survey at several Mediterranean ports as part of a long-term strategic goal of providing comparators for Portus; these have been independently funded. Sites studied so far include Leptis Magna, Utica, Ardea, Tarragona and Italica.