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Abstract of a Paper given at the Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference, 2007


A proposal for Pompeii: GIS solutions toward an integrated approach to the interpretation of archaeological data

-- Arianna Traviglia/Annapaola Zaccaria/Chiara Maratini/Arianna Traviglia/Daniela Cottica

This paper will present the results of an experimental GIS, which was constructed using the results of the research activities carried out in Pompeii during the past years by the archaeological mission of the Archaeology Department of University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (Directorship: Prof. A. Zaccaria Ruggiu). The created GIS demonstrated to be fully suitable to describe an investigation context such as the Pompeian one, proving its own capability to collect, manage and process
the results of different activities, such as surveying, excavating, recording and analysing finds and wall-structures, accordingly with the research criteria followed in the larger “Regio VI Project” (a multi-university research project, co-financed by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Scientific Research). The archaeological mission of University of Venice has been working in Pompeii, in the area of Regio VI insula 7, since 1996: during these 10 years, the walls and buildings of the insula have b
een recorded (with particular focus on building techniques and materials), field sessions of architectural survey and stratigraphic excavation have been performed, and, finally, laboratories for the analysis of pottery finds and faunal remains have been established. In order to organize and manage the recorded data and to best exploit the possibility of reconstructing and analysing the context, two experimental GIS have been set. The first, presented here, is an intra-site GIS: it focuses on archaeological evidence collected during the field session that took place on June 2004. The symbology or the chromatic gradation of query results, supports the navigation among the thematic layers (distinguished by archaeological structures and archaeological finds) in the GIS platform (ESRI ARCGIS). A specific path has been developed, with particular interest in the analysis of pottery finds and their paste/dough (distribution by form, class, typological dating and dating according to the archaeological contexts). The other GIS project, still under construction, will focus on the distribution trends of “ceramica campana”.

Universty of Venice Ca‘ Foscari
Dipartimento di Scienze dell‘Antichità e del Vicino Oriente



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