University of Southampton OCS (beta), CAA 2012

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Pursuing the Past: Geophysical prospection services in the Mediterranean
Sophie Hay, Stephen Kay, Kristian Strutt, Nicholas Crabb, Elizabeth Richley, Alice James

Last modified: 2012-01-08


The regular application of geophysical and topographical survey techniques to evaluate archaeological sites has been the most recent addition to landscape surveys in Italy carried out by a partnership between the British School at Rome (BSR) and the Archaeological Prospection Services of Southampton (APSS), a unit within Southampton University.

The creation of a focused team based at the BSR providing a service of geophysical and topographical surveys, draws upon the specialised skills and expertise of experienced researchers. The service also benefits from the academic support and resources provided by the BSR and the University of Southampton.

The initiative has been extremely successful since its inauguration in 2001 and has participated in a vast range of chronologically diverse projects, most notably, the Portus Project, as well as projects of Italian and foreign research institutions within Italy. The wide distribution of the geophysical work over much of Italy is testimony to the variety of the commissioning bodies which include Soprintendenza, Italian and foreign universities, Province, Regione and local Comune.
More recently, the BSR and APSS have begun to extend the geographical spread of their surveys across the Mediterranean, with ongoing work commissioned by partners in Spain, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and Montenegro.

The poster presents an overview of the research that has been undertaken, the results achieved, and the range of techniques that are used in the field.


Geophysics; Topography; Remote Sensing