Seeing the Unseen. Geophysics and Landscape Archaeology
Edited by Stefano Campana, Salvatore Piro
Taylor & Francis – 2008 – 376 pages
SEEING THE UNSEEN. GEOPHYSICS AND LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY is a collection of papers presented at the advanced XV International Summer School in Archaeology ‘Geophysics for Landscape Archaeology’ (Grosseto, Italy, 10-18 July 2006). Bringing together the experience of some of the world’s greatest experts in the field of archaeological prospection, the focus of this book is not so much on the analysis of single buried structures, but more on researching the entire landscape in all its multi-period complexity.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part concentrates on the theoretical basis of the various methods, illustrated for the most part through case-studies and practical examples drawn from a variety of geographical and cultural contexts. The second part focuses on the work carried out in the field during the Summer School. Tutors and students took part in the intensive application of the principal techniques of geophysical prospecting (magnetometry, EM, ERT and ground-penetrating radar) to locate, retrieve, process and interpret data for a large Roman villa-complex near Grosseto.
SEEING THE UNSEEN. GEOPHYSICS AND LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY provides a clear illustration of the remarkable potential of geophysical methods in the study of ancient landscapes, and will be usefull to Archaeologists, Geophysicists, Environmental scientists, and those involved in the management of cultural heritage.
Selected Contents: List of lecturers; List of students; Program of the school; Preface; Introduction; Acknowledgments; Theoretical Section; Field Work Section; Author index; Colour plates
Stefano Campana is lecturer in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Siena, Italy. His research focuses on past landscapes through the integration of a wide range of methodologies, including remote sensing techniques and new technologies, field walking survey and archaeological excavation.
Salvatore Piro (CNR Italy – ITABC) is lecturer of Geophysics applied to Archaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and is specialized in the application of GPR, Magnetometry and electrical resistivity in archaeological research.