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Connectivity in the Mediterranean

The BSR seeks to sustain a broad interest in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the modern period. The connectivity across the Mediterranean, between east and west, north and south, and via rivers and roads into the hinterland, has led to work on transport of physical objects, and movement of people and ideas, from antiquity to the present day.

The BSR hosts the Roman Port Networks Project, which aims to analyse the relationships between Portus and other ports in the Mediterranean from the perspective of the co-presence of traded amphorae and marble.

The Portus Project has been one of the most successful archaeological projects of recent years, and a case study for the combination of methods and for public dissemination of results. Portus was Rome’s greatest harbour and exemplifies Mediterranean connectivity.

Award-Holders since 2008

Anthi Andronikou (St Andrews): Cultural encounters between southern Italy and Cyprus: thirteenth-century pictorial evidence
Michael Carr (Institute of Historical Research): Trade and crusade between the Italian maritime republics and the Turks: 1300-1500
Zoe Cormack (Durham/Open): Collecting on the White Nile: Italians in South Sudan (1840–83)
Emlyn Dodd (Macquarie): Roman viticulture and the provinces: an archaeological study on wine production and the socio-cultural connectivity it stimulates
Victoria Leitch (Oxford): Roman North African cookwares in the Mediterranean: production, diffusion and typological reference
Katherine McDonald (Cambridge): A history of language contact in southern Italy, 800–31 BC
Katia Schoerle (Oxford): The coastal villas of Lepcis Magna: production, landscape and economic ties to Rome
Ana Maria Suarez Huerta: Travels across Europe in the eighteenth century: the unique case of Spain
Edmund Thomas (Durham): The materiality of Egypt in Roman architecture
Alun Williams (Cardiff): Colonization in the western Mediterranean: case-studies of Greek, Roman and Phoenician colonies in Italy, Sicily and Sardinia

Selected Publications since 2008

Selected Portus publications may be found here