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True Gigapixel RTI

The ACRG has always been anĀ integralĀ part within the recent development of RTI. ACRG's involvement began with the AHRC funded RTISAD projectĀ where we piloted the technique on inscribed ancient documents and archaeological artefacts. We likewise raised awareness of RTI in research and public communities in the UK. Continue reading →

Dave Potts

Abstract Is it possible, using GIS technologies, to undertake a theoretical analytical evaluation of possible maritime trade routes of the Roman Empire, their relationship and patterns of change, using data from the distribution patterns of trade goods, location of ports and analysis of shipping potentials?... Continue reading →

Southampton at the SAA Annual Meeting, Honolulu 3-7 April 2013

Recently, the department of archaeology at Southampton made its debut appearance at the Society for American Archaeology annual conference. This year it was due to be held in Honolulu, Hawai'i, which promised to make it one of the best-attended meetings of its kind. Besides the well-publicizedĀ size of the SAA meetings and the high esteem in which they are held, Honolulu is a desirable travel destination for very obvious reasons. Continue reading →

Photographing Portus

Photography has been extremely important to the Portus Project. The photographic record which has been created as we have been working on the site allows us to re-visit and interpret the excavations at many levels. As well as a vast archive of photographs depicting excavated contexts, sections and objects we also have a substantial collection of images which depict the day to day life of an archaeological excavation. Continue reading →

Laser Scanning at Portus

In the past week myself and Gareth Beale have spent time capturing the subterranean areas ofĀ  the Imperial Palace at Portus. We have been trialing the use of the Leica Scan Station C10 for archaeological documentation and the results so far appear very impressive. All archaeological remains are subject to constant deterioration, this is especially true of substantial architectural remains such as the Imperial Palace. Continue reading →

Portus Project Lecture

Last night Professor Simon Keay delivered a lecture outlining the recent research he has been leading as director of the Portus Project, which explores the site of Imperial Rome's maritime port. Entitled ā€œRoman Emperors, Ships and Commerce: inter-disciplinary research at Portus 2011-2012?, the lecture was chaired by Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, and introduced by Professor Anne Curry, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. Continue reading →

PATINA meeting – 2-3 November

We had another great meeting as part of the RCUK DE Programme PATINA project. We spent a lot of time talking about plans for the coming year's HCI interventions. These are going to focus on archaeological field settings so now we need to formalise those settings. We spoke a lot about open archaeology and sharing, and I think a lot of this will also play to the strengths of the new DataPool JISC project here at Southampton. Continue reading →

New finds at Portus Archaeologists from the University of Southampton and the British School at Rome working at Portus under the direction of Professor Simon Keay, working in conjunction with others from the Cooperativa Parsifal (Rome), have discovered a massive building at the maritime port of Imperial Rome, near Romeā€™s international airport which they believe may have played a role in shipbuilding centred at the port. Continue reading →