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Portus and Me

Hembo taking photographs for photogrammetry. Photo: Rose Ferraby First time i came to Portus in 2008 and spent two months learning various technologies used in archaeological (high tech) excavation. Since then I’ve been back there every year, and I am writing this post from the Casale, overlooking the Grandi Magazzini Di Settimio Severo. Continue reading →

The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations

Matthew Tyler-Jones:A great post and the second time this week that the Antikythera Mechanism has been brought to my attention Originally posted on res gerendae: As I think I may have mentioned once or twice, I was a Lego-mad child. Of all the things under the tree on Christmas morning, Lego was always the most prized. Like many, I ‘grew out of’ Lego in my teens, only to come back to it as I’ve got older and had more disposable income. Continue reading →

Visualising an Uncertain Past: Procedural Modelling at Portus

Positioned between the two harbours of Portus, Rome’s Imperial port, once stood an enormous building built on massive concrete piers. The vestiges of this structure (“building five”) were visible above ground when I visited the site for the first time in 2011, my first season working on the Portus Project. Remains were dotted across the site, often masked by overgrowth, some incorporated into the standing remains of the Late Antique city wall. Continue reading →

Southampton confirms top 20 status amongst UK universities

Kristian Strutt:Archaeology and Foresics at 8th place in Southampton. Originally posted on University of Southampton's Noticeboard: The University has consolidated its position amongst the UK’s top 20 institutions by placing 19th overall in the 2015 Guardian University Guide. The climb of five places in The Guardian follows Southampton’s rise to 16th in the recent table published by the Complete University Guide. Continue reading →

Pelagios: a Sea of Connections

I’m Leif Isaksen, one of Graeme, Simon and Dragana’s colleagues in the University of Southampton Archaeology Department. This week the MOOC has been thinking about the Mediterranean as a sea of connections between ancient harbours and settlements, and the importance of Portus as a hub within it. This level of interconnectivity had an enormous impact on the lives and culture of the people who lived within and beyond the borders of the Empire. Continue reading →

Engines of Emotion

This is the text of my short presentation today: This is my first presentation to this forum, so by way of introduction, let me explain that I’m interested in the power that video (or computer) games have, to tell stories in virtual (though ever more realistic) spaces. I want to explore what we can learn from games, as interpreters and storytellers of cultural heritage about telling emotionally engaging stories in the spaces that we look after. Continue reading →