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  • Monte Giulio
  • Porto di Claudio
  • Italy
  • Lazio
  • Rome
  • Fiumicino



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • Monte Giulio (Fiumicino, RM), was a complex that constituted the internal edge (eastern) of the basin of Claudius’ port, where core sampling, sondages and excavations were carried out between 2007 and 2009. Several natural and anthropic phases were identified, from the building of the structures on Monte Giulio in the Trajanic period until the abandonment of the area, which occurred no later than the early 5th century A.D. Proposals have been made regarding the extension and the shallow depth of the inter-dunal lagoon situated behind the coastline north of the future Portus in the imperial period, and regarding Monte Giulio as a complex built on a natural dunal rise in this residual lagoon, for harbouring smaller boats. The general environmental conditions of the area in the pre-Roman and Roman periods have also been considered, along with the possibility that Claudius did not have this lagoon completely dredged, but only had local channels excavated in the seabed and cut through the coastal bar to let the sea in. He then concentrated maritime traffic on Portus with the creation of port structures along the original coastline. Based on the present excavation data, the sea level in the 2nd century A.D. was more than one metre below the present level, and rose continually in successive centuries.

  • Antonia Arnoldus Huyzendveld - Società Digiter-Roma 
  • Patrizia Turi 
  • Cinzia Morelli - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici di Ostia 



  • Arnoldo Cherubini

Research Body

  • Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma - sede di Ostia

Funding Body

  • ANAS S.p.a.
  • LEPSA S.r.l


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