AncientCity – Urbanization through Geoinformatics

Updated March 21, 2016 with italicized additions and strikethrough. See also this update.

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At the 8th Congress of the Balkan Geophysical Society, held in early October in Chania, Crete, a group of authors presented a paper on a new project called AncientCity – A new Frontier in Ancient Greek Urbanization through Geoinformatics. I don’t see that the project has its own web presence yet, and I’m not sure what will become of it, but the scope and aims sound interesting if not a little ambitious. Corinth, of course, is one of the case studies. The project website lives here. Here’s the abstract:

AncientCity is a project consisting in the use of new perspectives in studying the ancient Greek urbanism through modern and advanced technological tools. The understanding, reconstruction and development of ancient Greek cities is approached through an integrated protocol composed of satellite / aerial remote sensing, multicomponent geophysical prospection and spatial analysis within a Geographical Information System platform. This approach involves the use of digital applications to detect patterns in the buried 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. Five archaeological sites from two different greek geographical regions (central Greece and Peloponnese) were chosen to incorporate new urban models and recalibrate the traditional narratives about the development of the Greek city. The encouraging results of this integrated approach can be used as a prototype model for the employment of Geoinformatics in the historical and archaeological sciences within the subfield of Mediterranean archaeology and Greek Urbanization.

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Categories: Ancient Corinth, Archaic, Classical, Digital Corinthia, Sites, Urban Center

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