Work Packages

Research Project is consisted by 6 distinct Work Packages:

WP-1. Study of the State-of-the-Art: The objective is to gather the existing historical and scientific material from previous and current archaeological fieldwork projects and their related publications, investigate this data as a whole and (in steps 3-6) combine it with technological applications in the computer laboratory.

WP-2. Digitization and Processing: The digitization and processing of topographical plans, site maps, and the archaeological data into GIS aims to facilitate the analysis of individual sites and elucidate the wider patterns of Greek urbanism. This also involves the application of GIS in order to integrate and analyze the large volume of spatial and archaeological data.

WP-3. Satellite and Aerial Remote Sensing: High-resolution multispectral satellite data and aerial photography shall be used to extract information about the surface and subsurface features of the ancient settlements and the wider dynamics of rural land use areas around them. These data will be used to recognize residues of the ancient built environment, such as individual buildings, street systems, settlement boundaries, roads connecting the urban centers to the suburban sections of the settlements, agricultural plans, and other related features.

WP-4. Multi-component Geophysical Mapping: The goal of non-destructive geophysical surveys will be to identify anomalies that can be associated with foundations, trenches, roads and architectural features, to outline the perimeters of the settlement region and the limits of architectural concentrations. Multi-Component Geophysical Research will consist of: (a) large scale magnetic techniques using multi-sensor units moved with a cart, in order to map the architectural relics existing in the upper strata of the archaeological sites (2-2.5 m.), (b) Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), for mapping the subsurface stratigraphy up to a depth of 3-4 m. below the surface, and (c) micro-scale tomographic geophysical methods (Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Controlled Source Electromagnetic) to reconstruct multi-construction phases in deeper strata up to the depth of 6-8 m.

WP-5. GIS Spatial Analysis: The project will undertake a suite of GIS spatial analyses dealing with the individual settlements. This includes (but not limited to) a study of the spatial attributes of the streets and monumental buildings, correlations with altitude or land use, etc. The compiled thematic maps will be used to extract the corresponding environmental information regarding the settlements, which will be further analyzed through statistical techniques.

WP-6. Final Product and Dissemination: Publications shall include (a) 4-6 publications in international journals, conferences and newsletters, (b) construction of a project website, (c) organization of an one (1) open public presentation at the facilities of IMS-FORTH.