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Radiography of the past. Integrated non-destructive approaches to understand and valorise complex archaeological sites

Objective

"During the last 20 years a set of methods of surface survey and non-invasive sub-surface prospections have been developed to investigate complex buried archaeological sites, aiming to limit destructive intervention, such as excavation. This set includes different kinds of remote sensing, ground based geophysics, systematic recording of surface materials, GIS-based analysis and visualisation tools, geomatic and geomorphological survey. These applied technologies require high investments in instrumentation, long formation of researchers, time consuming data processing and permits for fieldwork on cultural heritage sites. Research institutions like universities cannot afford such investments while private enterprises cannot invest on human resources, and often are not allowed to test new techniques in archaeological areas. Therefore, innovation and experimentation proceed very slowly, and aspects like virtual reconstructions of the ""underground ancient world"" and dissemination of results to the public are necessarily neglected. This project aims to join resources and very different skills to tackle each possible aspect connected with ""non-destructive"" approaches to complex archaeological sites, from fieldwork, where new geophysics techniques can be tested, to data collection (with innovative trials to automation of the data acquisition process), to data processing (where the contribution of IT experts is needed to refine the available software), to interpretation and visualisation of results, where a 3D vision of sub-surface evidence, could achieve a science-based but still effective presentation. The consortium of 7 partners will organize the mutual exchange of researchers/specialists and will recruit new researchers for transfer of knowledge purposes. Thus, an ""open"" laboratory can be established, where all expertises convey, analysis and technical activities are performed, experimental techniques and new data processing tested and formation activities can be held."

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology/ethnoarchaeology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geophysics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 256 777
Administrative Contact
Cesaltina Frade (Dr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 138 017
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margo Baele (Dr.)
TIMESCAPE SURVEYS

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Northumbria,main Road, Dinnington
NE13 7JW Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Alan Biggins (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 14 716
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martina Tekavec (Ms.)
THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 880
Address
Via Antonio Gramsci 61
00197 Rome
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alvise Di Giulio (Dr.)
PAST2PRESENT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 54 352
Address
Pelmolenlaan 12-14
3447GW Woerden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Van Roode (Ms.)
Guenther Weinlinger
Austria
EU contribution
€ 103 088
Address
Seefeldgasse 72
3462 Absdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guenther Weinlinger (Mr.)
MEYER & ULLRICH GBR EASTERN ATLAS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 93 610
Address
Berliner Strasse 69
13189 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cornelius Meyer (Mr.)