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Archaeology Dig at Ostia Antica, Rome

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Planning a trip to Rome and wondering what it might be like to see an archaeologist in action?

Context Travel, a group of scholars that leads walking seminars in cities throughout Italy and Europe, is sponsoring two visits to a live archaeology dig at Ostia Antica in September.

Anyone who comes to Rome and has the chance to visit sites such as the Colosseum and Forum may also wonder what type of work goes into the discovery and excavation of all the ruins they see around them. This visit to Ostia, which was the ancient port city of Rome and is just a quick 30 minute train ride from central Rome, will allow you to see the excavation of a 5th century market place and how archaeology can be used to create a picture of daily life in ancient Rome.

Dr. Luke Lavan (University of Kent) and Dr. Axel Gering (Humboldt University, Berlin) are heading up the project and will allow Context Travel to bring up to 12 clients along for the experience. After a three-hour visit on-site, you will then be invited to join a light picnic lunch with the excavators. Anyone who has an interest in archaeology or ancient history will definitely want to take part in this unique opportunity.

The cost of the walk is €45 per person, including lunch and this event will take place on September 13 and 20 at 9:00 am.

For booking and further information, visit the Context Travel website.

Picture of the Amphiteatre of Ostia Antica by Foeke Noppert

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Venere Travel Blog writer jessica stewart

Jessica Stewart hails from Massachusetts and earned her BA in Art History from Boston University and an MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London. She is Context Travel's Rome and Venice city manager and squeezes in walks as a docent when she can.

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  1. Sue says:
    August 4th, 2008 at 22:26

    My husband and I had the pleasure of taking this tour thru Context Travel. Our guide,Carlos, was so knowledgeable and had a palpable love of Ostia. It is so close to Rome its amazing more people don’t take advantage of this tour,like Pompeii but on a smaller more manageable scale. I highly suggest this tour to anyone going to Rome.


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