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Radiography of the past. Integrated non-destructive approaches to understand and valorise complex archaeological sites (RADIO-PAST)
Start date: 01 Apr 2009, End date: 31 Mar 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"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."
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