THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF
Antiquity and Christian Origins
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The Ostia Synagogue Area Exacations (OSMAP)

In 2001 under the
auspices of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici di Ostia, the University of Texas at Austin began a multi-year, multi-dimensional campaign of GIS survey, analysis, drawing, measurement, excavation, and conservation at the ancient synagogue of Ostia Antica, the port city of ancient Rome. The goal of the project is twofold: (1) to evaluate the architectural and archaeological phases of the synagogue itself, which was discovered in 1961; and (2) to study in more depth the urban quarter in which the synagogue was originally located. 

On these web pages you'll find general information, such as:

An introduction to Ostia Antica;
A history of the synagogue's modern redisovery;
An introduction to the OSMAP project and team;
A summary of the methods of masonry analysis

as well as more specialized reports, including:

Preliminary results of OSMAP's excavation seasons


Spotlight on:

The Ostia Synagogue Blog

Visit the OSMAP blog to follow news about the excavations and to read about upcoming meetings in Austin or Rome, as well as to learn more about how to become part of the staff.

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