Scientists funded in the RADIO-PAST project have developed and tested innovative archaeological methods in an 'open laboratory' at the buried Roman city of Ammaia, in Portugal.
Combining various techniques, such as artefact and topographical surveys, field checks and visual reconstructions, the researchers have enhanced the speed and accuracy of operations in this archaeological site, and limited the destructive effects of the otherwise needed excavations.
The RADIO-PAST team, without breaking the ground, reconstructed Ammaia's street plan from the 1st century BC, and discovered that the city centre was an open public square.
The consortium is now organizing scientific exchanges to transfer the knowledge and support more archaeological discoveries without destructive excavations.
Factsheet by the European Commission / 2 April 2012