Forthcoming event: 2015 ASOR Annual meeting

2015 Annual meeting of the American School of Oriental Research

Atlanta (GA, USA), November 18th-21st 2015

The 2015 ASOR Annual Meeting will be held in Atlanta, GA, from November 18th to 21st at The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel. The Annual Meeting brings together ASOR’s vibrant academic community to present their current findings and discuss their research. The conference attracts over 1,000 scholars and enthusiasts of archaeology, linguistics, geography, epigraphy, anthropology, and other fields related to the study of the ancient Near East.

The ERC project Rome’s Mediterranean Ports will give a paper the saturday 21st within the session Maritime Archaeology

New Directions in the Study of Rome’s Mediterranean Ports

by S. Keay, P. Arnaud, N. Carayon, F. Salomon, K. Strutt, S. Hay, M.C. Moreno Escobar and G. Earl


Rome was connected to its Mediterranean provinces by commercial routes channelled through¬†networks of ports acting as poly-functional nodes. Ships, people and goods moved along these,¬†drawing the micro-regions of the Mediterranean into a closer economic and commercial¬†relationship with the City. Central to the success of these networks were the major ports through¬†which were channelled major commercial flows moving between Rome and its maritime hub at¬†Portus and key ports in its Mediterranean provinces, and the relationships of these to lesser¬†regional ports and anchorages. All of them can be described in terms of loosely configured “portsystems”¬†that ensured the movement of ships and their cargoes around the Mediterranean.¬†The Rome’s Mediterranean Ports Portuslimen project address specific questions relating to the¬†capacities of and inter-connections between a range of c 30 selected ports in the east and west¬†Mediterranean in ways that allow us to better understand their role in promoting the cohesion and¬†integrity of the Roman Mediterranean during the imperial era. These concern (1) the layout of¬†Roman ports, (2) the organization of commercial activity focused at them, (3) hierarchies of ports,¬†and (4) pan-Mediterranean commercial and social connections between ports. In addressing them,¬†the project applies suites of existing techniques in archaeology and palaeo-environmental studies,¬†as well as undertaking historical and epigraphic analyses. This paper will present a brief overview¬†of the project and its methodologies, as well as presenting some preliminary results relating to the¬†archaeological work.


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