Institute for Mediterranean Studies

ISAP Research Fund 2015

Reconstructing the Cultural Dynamics in Shallow Marine Environment through Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Photogrammetry

Reconstructing the Cultural Dynamics in Shallow Marine Environment through Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Photogrammetry

Low altitude aerial imagery with Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (drones) and geophysical imaging techniques like Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) have been extensively used in mapping onshore buried antiquities in a non-destructive manner, thus contributing in study, mapping and management of the cultural heritage. Despite the relative frequent employment of these research approaches in the recovery of archaeological relics in the land survey, the specific methods have minimal to non-existent employment for the understanding of the past dynamics in littoral and shallow off-shore environments. This research will apply the above survey tools in a comprehensive and integrated way to investigate a part of the archaeological site of Olous, a now submerged Hellenistic to Byzantine aged city, located on the isthmus of Poros in north-eastern coast of Crete (Greece). The results from this innovative survey will be applicable to archaeological investigations in the littoral zone from similar regions of the world and time periods thus contributing to the best practice of shallow maritime archaeology.

Research Team

Dr. Nikos Papadopoulos, PI, Assistant Researcher GeoSat ReSeArch, IMS-FORTH
Dr. Gianluca Cantoro, Co-PI, Post-Doc Researcher, GeoSat ReSeArch, IMS-FORTH
Dr. Kleanthis Simyrdanis, Co-PI, Post-Doc Researcher, GeoSat ReSeArch, IMS-FORTH

 

The spatial raw data collected in the archaeological site of Olous under the framework of the first ISAP fund are freely available to the academic and research community. The users are welcome to submit a simple letter of interest via e-mail identifying their affiliation and the purpose of use. The requests can be sent to Dr. Nikos Papadopoulos or Dr. Gianluca Cantoro.

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