The Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways project RADIO-PAST, studies “non-destructive” approaches to complex archaeological sites.
The scientific team involved has integrated and enhanced existing "non-invasive" prospecting techniques (including 3D visualisation tools) for the study of archaeological sites. Destructive and costly excavations would not be essential any longer for archaeological studies. The application of enhanced new techniques have already shed new light on the evolution of medium-sized Roman towns like Ammaia, an important Roman town in the Iberian Peninsula.
'Digs would be still necessary for getting a more accurate chronological view,' says the MC fellow Cristina Corsi, the research project coordinator. 'But excavations can now be planned in a more rational way and buried walls, floors and objects will now be more easily preserved,' clarifies Corsi. 'We need to contain costs for both research and cultural heritage conservation purposes. There is an underlying societal challenge that we have been trying to meet here,' insists the researcher. 'Our final goal is to produce guidelines and good practices in non-invasive interdisciplinary methods for investigation, sustainable management and exploitation of buried archaeological sites. We hope we will be able to shed new light on Roman urbanisation in the ancient Roman West in the coming months,' says Corsi.