OSMAP 2003 Season Summary
The 2003 season of OSMAP was created as a study season in order to fully evaluate the material collected in 2002 and to
prepare for the 2004 season. There were two teams working in order to process the previously collected data and to
continue the archival research, one located in the US, the other back on site in Italy.
The Austin, Texas, team consisted of five people and was responsible for the development of the OSMAP server and computer
database. When complete the OSMAP database will make it possible for all of the collected data to be accessed online from
any computer. All masonry and architectural data recorded by the field teams will be entered into the database. Cross-indexed
data logs referenced by masonry type, physical features, and locus points in three dimensions will be available for comparison
studies. The system will also include all digital photographs and plans for the monuments included in the OSMAP survey.
The second team was located in Ostia with only four members, led by Susan Gelb and Darius Arya. This team was responsible
for cataloguing and studying the archival remains from the various excavations from the Synagogue area in the 1960s and 1970s.
The on-site team also collected further masonry samples from elsewhere at the site to be added to the database for comparanda.
The Nymphaeum, located near the Theater in Ostia Antica The Nymphaeum, located near the Theater in Ostia Antica, was constructed in
Opus Mixtum type A in the mid second century AD and provides a useful comparison to the buildings in the OSMAP survey area. It
was thought that Mixtum A went out of fashion at an earlier date but this monument proves that this type of masonry continued much
later at Ostia.