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U. SOUTHAMPTON (UK)—A major excavation of Portus, the ancient port that once served as the maritime gateway to Rome, has revealed the remains of an amphitheater-shaped-building, solving a mystery that has puzzled experts for more than 140 years.
The excavation team from the University of Southampton, working in collaboration with the British School at Rome (BSR), is conducting the first ever large-scale dig at Portus on the banks of a hexagonal shaped man-made lake that formed the second-century harbor.
“When the site was visited by archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani in the 1860s he marked on his plans the remains of a theater, but subsequently no trace of the building could be found,” says Simon Keay, who directs the Portus Project and is an archeology professor at Southampton.
This marble statue head was unearthed close to the remains of an amphitheatre discovered by University of Southampton archaeologists.