Archaeological heritage is the history of our past and the foundation for our future choices. It belongs to all of us. Opening the Past means broadening the horizons of knowledge and consequently of protection, planning, research and the profession as archaeologists.
The Map of Archaeological Potential of the urban area of Pisa is a predictive model that represents the possibilities that a more or less significant archaeological stratification is preserved. The Map has been computed developing a mathematical model: the MAPPA algorithm, based on PageRank algorithm, which estimates the archaeological potential starting from the relations that exist among archaeological finds.
The project brings together different expertise: archaeologists, historians, geologists, geomorphologists and mathematicians will work together in the MAPPA Lab and share their wide-ranging experience. Thanks to the involvement of university students in the project research activities, MAPPA will provide an important environment for the professional training of tomorrow's researchers.
The project will last two years, from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013. The aim of the first year is to implement the archaeological map of the urban area of Pisa and, based upon this, the map of archaeological potential, both in web-GIS. At the same time the open digital archive containing archaeological data will be created and an algorithm will be studied that will reduce subjectivity in the evaluations of archaeological potential.
The map of archaeological potential will cover the urban centre of Pisa and the area immediately behind the Medieval walls where the cemetery areas were once located in ancient times. The map will be developed in the MAPPA Lab, specifically set up at the Department of Archaeological Sciences of Pisa University.
Publication, query, analysis, knowledge. The MAPPA Web-GIS includes the Archaeological Map and the Map of Archaeological Potential of Pisa: an open and interactive instrument focusing on protection, governance and research.
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