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Live Event from University of Oxford

Franck Goddio presents: 25 years of research in the port of Alexandria

Thursday, 2nd December at 5pm (GMT)

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In his lecture “The Portus Magnus of Alexandria”, organized by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) and livestreamed by the University of Oxford on 2 December at 5pm (GMT), Franck Goddio will present the results of his 25 years of research in today’s eastern port of Alexandria.

In 1996, the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), directed by Franck Goddio, began underwater explorations on the site in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and with the support of the Hilti Foundation. After an extensive programme of electronic surveys and decades of excavation work an accurate map of the harbour has been created allowing numerous archaeological remains buried under the sediment to be located.

Important infrastructures, monuments and numerous artefacts from the city’s legendary Portus Magnus have been identified, and the landscape on which they stood has been revealed. A complete panorama of the Portus Magnus has been developed tracing how the port, with its military and commercial infrastructure, palaces and temples, changes over the years. The picture obtained sometimes considerably differs from descriptions in ancient texts demonstrating the importance of rigorous, scientific investigation into the submerged archaeological evidence.