University of Southampton receives grant to study Roman ports

The European Research Council has awarded the University of Southampton a EU€2.49m (UK£2.1m) grant to study 31 roman ports in nine countries. The study will focus on ports in the Mediterranean region during the first two centuries CE.

Southampton head of archaeology Prof Simon Keay, who is leading the project, said: "We will explore the relationship between these 31 ports and look at how they integrated to form a crucial part of vast trading networks across the Roman Empire. By studying these networks, we aim to gather a wealth of knowledge about how they operated and why - also helping to set in context how trade was conducted in later historical periods and, indeed, today."