New finds make Roman port ‘bigger than Pompeii’.
By Tom Kington 17th April 2014. Find Full Article Here:-
New discovery of walls and buildings shows Ostia Antica was 35 per cent larger than previously thought.
A “secret” part of the ancient Roman port of Ostia Antica has been discovered, according to British archaeologists who unearthed it, making it bigger than Pompeii.
The team has discovered a building twice the size of a football field, a boundary wall and large defensive towers under fields near Rome airport – making the area 35 per cent larger than previously thought.
Often overlooked by visitors heading for Pompeii, Ostia is the second best-preserved ancient Roman town, with streets, houses and an amphitheatre on the banks of the Tiber River.
The discovery, by experts from the universities of Southampton and Cambridge, teamed with the British School at Rome and Italian archaeologists, has been made on the other side of the Tiber, proving the river did not border the town, but ran through it, splitting Ostia Antica in two.
The findings change the way we think about how Rome’s port worked and how emperors kept one million Romans supplied with food.