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Studying the Roman port network


A team of archaeologists from Southampton University are launching a project to study the connections between 31 Roman ports across the Mediterranean.

Prof Keay said: “We will explore the relationship between these 31 ports and look at how they integrated to form a crucial part of vast trading networks across the Roman Empire.

“They formed one of the world’s most important trading systems, operating at a time when the Mediterran-ean was a unified region.

“By studying these networks we aim to gather a wealth of knowledge about how they operated and why – also helping to set in context how trade was conducted in later historical periods and, indeed, today.

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Story: Southern Daily Echo | Photo: Prof. Simon Keay

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