Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RESEARCH (REmote SEnsing techniques for ARCHaeology)
Reporting period: 2018-11-01 to 2020-10-31
RESEARCH addresses the design and development of a multi-task platform, combining advanced remote sensing technologies with GIS applications for mapping and long-term monitoring of AH in order to identify changes due to climate changes and anthropic pressures. The remote sensing processing chain will address the major soil-related risks affecting AH including the degradation due to land movement, soil erosion, and land-use change, as risks due to environmental and anthropic pressures.
To carry out the demonstration and validation of the Platform, four case studies have been selected:
* Falerii Novi (Italy);
* Amathùs (Cyprus);
* Almyriotiki (Greece);
* Itanos (Greece);
* Vaitsi Mill (Greece);
* Sławno-Darłowo area (Poland). In particular: Darłowo monastery, Cisowo, Dzierżęcin.
RESEARCH objectives require the effort of specialists in different disciplines, such as archaeologists, environmental engineers, geologists, experts in remote sensing technologies and GIS platforms. The Project will coordinate the existing expertise and research efforts of seven beneficiaries into a synergetic plan of collaborations and exchanges of personnel to offer a comprehensive transfer of knowledge and training environment for the researchers in the specific area.
Project’s activities and results will be shared following a dissemination and communication strategy, targeting specialists in the field of archaeology, earth science and environmental sciences, and authorities/stakeholders responsible for the preservation of cultural heritage.
All the primary and secondary data needed, together with the most suitable software, have been identified, listed, and discussed between partners during the First Progress Meeting (Limassol, May 2019) and the First Annual Meeting (Athens, November 2019). Software tools useful for implementing soil erosion processing chain have been identified during secondments and finally discussed during the Annual meeting. In this regard, the activities are now related to complete the data collection and to apply and test the processing chains.
At the same time, Partners also work to design the risk assessment methodology that will be used to produce risk maps of archaeological heritage threatened by the hazard considered, and therefore to define the scientific and user requirements of the Platform. On the basis of this requirement, the architecture design of Research GIS Platform was completed in the Summer 2020.
Contacts with stakeholders, in particular authorities in charge for archaeological heritage preservation, contributes to the selection of the case studies.
Besides the activities already described, partners also met in multiple occasions during the period: for secondments, meetings, and for the Summer Schools organized by RESEARCH, as described in below.
The project has achieved most of its objectives for the period with relatively minor deviations even if travel bans disrupted almost the whole planned secondment plan for the year 2020. Disruptions started beginning of March with Italy and later on for Greece, Cyprus and Poland.
- The construction of a website for the project (http://www.re-se-arch.eu)
- A Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Research-Remote-Sensing-techniques-for-Archaeology101614394610605).
1 st Summer School in Limassol, Cyprus within 21-27 May 2019 with visit to the case study of Amathous;
2nd Summer School in Rethymno, Crete within 21-26 September 2020 with visit to the site of Olous (Elounda).
a) F. Battistin, S. De Angeli, Da Clima a RESEARCH. Monitoraggio e valutazione del rischio nei siti archeologico mediante l’applicazione di tecnologie di remote sensing e GIS, in A. Russo, I. Della Giovampaola (eds.), Monitoraggio e manutenzione delle aree archeologiche. Cambiamenti climatici, dissesto idrogeologico, degrado chimico-ambientale, Roma 2019, 275-279. ISSN 2240-8347; ISBN 978-88-913-1947-0 ; ISBN 978-88-913-1950-0;
b) A. Kosta, I. Paraskevopoulos, A. Agapiou, F. Battistin, M. Serpetti, F. Waldoch, W. Rączkowski, A. Di Iorio, S. De Angeli, D. Hadjimitsis, ""Remote sensing techniques for archaeology: a state of art analysis of SAR methods for land movement,"" Proc. SPIE 11524, Eighth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment; DOI: 10.1117/12.2571722;
c) S. De Angeli, F. Battistin, M. Serpetti, A. Di Iorio, F. Moresi, The RESEARCH project. Soil-related hazards and archaeological heritage in the challenge of climate change, IOP Conference Series Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 949, 012058 [November 2020]; DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/949/1/012058."
RESEARCH progress can be followed on the official website at www.re-se-arch.eu or on Facebook (Research - Remote Sensing techniques for Archaeology), with updates about milestones and dissemination activities.