2009 Excavation Season Completed

As Susan said below (in her advance comment to this post), Thanks to everyone that made the 2009 OSMAP season possible.  For those of you who are following this new blog for the first time, we were especially pleased to “dig up” some new information that will make for some incredible publications.

In particular, the mid 5th century C.E. coin (of Vandalic issue) is sure to create a stir about aspects of life in Late Antique Ostia which have been little understand until now.  The additional fact that the coin was discovered in the foundation of the supporting pier on the north face of the synagogue hall now shows beyond a doubt that the building’s repairs, as we see them today, is much later than any scholar has heretofore suspected.

Stay tuned, as well, to learn more about the drainage channel [?], or possible wall foundations [?], excavated in the room next to the synagogue hall (IV.17.1.18).  We are currently exploring several possible interpretation of the substructures here, originally discovered in the 1960s, and never adequately explained.

In short, the season was a great success with lots of new data now in the process of being published.  Thanks to all the staff — both in the field and in the lab — who made it such an enjoyable experience.

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About Prof. Douglas Boin

Douglas Ryan Boin is an Assistant Professor of Ancient and Late Antique History at Saint Louis University. From 2010-2013 he was a professor in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University. He has published on aspects of the Late Antique Mediterranean, focusing on the construction of "pagan-Christian" narratives, the history of synagogue and church architecture, and the importance of Augustine in sixth and seventh-century Ostia and Rome.

One thought on “2009 Excavation Season Completed

  1. Ciao, OSMAPpers!! I’m SO happy with all of the data we got this summer. Thanks so much for all of your hard work. Stay in touch!

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