giovedì 25 luglio 2024

Mooring rings

Anelli di ormeggio presso il porto fluviale, area archeologica di Aquielia. Foto di © Gianluca Baronchelli
Looking at the front of the docks, we notice at regular intervals protruding parallelepipeds, some of which with rounded ends, all united by the presence of a vertical hole.

Their function is still debated: they could be rings for mooring boats or holes where wooden cranes were inserted for loading and unloading goods. On the lower loading floor, on the other hand, smaller horizontal holes were used to fix the mooring lines of the ships.