Evaluating Gismondi's Representation of Portus, the Port of Imperial Rome


  • Graeme P. Earl University of Southampton
  • Simon J. Keay University of Southampton
  • Gareth C. Beale University of Southampton




Portus, Gismondi, Laser scanning


This paper introduces the Portus Project, an inter-disciplinary collaborative fieldwork project focussed on the ancient port of Rome. It demonstrates the use that is being made of a plaster model of the port produced by Italo Gismondi in 1937, initially as a means for focussing re-evaluations of the various illustrative and other data available relating to the port’s topography, and then as a source for background and comparative digital geometric data within the project’s work to remodel the entire site. The Portus Project employs three-dimensional computer graphics throughout the data gathering, analysis, modelling and representation phases and the paper considers the role that Gismondi’s model is playing in the development and evaluation of such a process.


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Author Biographies

Graeme P. Earl, University of Southampton

Archaeological Computing Research Group, School of Humanities

Simon J. Keay, University of Southampton

Archaeology, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK and British School at Rome, Italy

Gareth C. Beale, University of Southampton

Archaeological Computing Research Group, School of Humanities


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How to Cite

Earl, G. P., Keay, S. J., & Beale, G. C. (2010). Evaluating Gismondi’s Representation of Portus, the Port of Imperial Rome. Virtual Archaeology Review, 1(1), 21–25. https://doi.org/10.4995/var.2010.4752