Characterising historic water systems of Messinia, Greece
The archaeological landscape of Messinia, Greece, has been shaped by different societies over the centuries. Of particular interest are the diverse water systems of medieval and post-medieval societies that have not been fully differentiated. The EU-funded HYDROMEDIE project aims to identify and compare the water infrastructures in Messinia that arose from late Roman, Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, Ottoman and early contemporary societies. The project will perform historic landscape characterisation using a geographic information system, 3D analysis of existing structures, microscopic analysis of mortar and scientific dating of samples. It will also interpret information from a sociocultural perspective, leading to a clearer understanding of the region’s history and better heritage management policies.