The AncientCity project seeks new horizons in the study of ancient Greek urbanism by integrating satellite and aerial remote sensing, geophysical prospection, and spatial analyses in Geographical Information Systems for understanding and reconstructing the complex history and development of the ancient Greek city. This involves the use of digital applications to detect patterns in the ancient built environment, the identification of surface and subsurface features through non-destructive archaeological fieldwork and the creation of digitized thematic plans of ancient Greek settlements. Its ultimate goal is to incorporate technological advancements on a multidisciplinary platform within Mediterranean archaeological practice, while revealing and analyzing new archaeological data.
The two regions of the ancient Mediterranean which form the framework for this research project include Peloponnese and central Greece. These regions will enable to incorporate new urban models, in order to recalibrate the traditional narratives about the development of the Greek city. What the project maintains is that there is a need to formulate a more idiosyncratic understanding of urban culture. How did it occur differently from region to region, from city to city, and what are the reasons for these divergences, either social, political, topographical, etc.? Therefore, this research project advocates a more nuanced appreciation of Greek urban practices that acknowledges its inherent plurality.
The project will serve as a prototype model for the employment of Geoinformatics in the historical and archaeological sciences within the subfield of Mediterranean archaeology (Greek urban studies). The results of the project are expected to have a major impact on a wide range of disciplines and specialists, offering a completely new perspective on Greek urbanism and urban culture in general, as well as serving as a model for future archaeological fieldwork projects in the Mediterranean.