What is archaeological potential?
The archaeological potential of an area represents the possibility that more or less significant archaeological remains are preserved in the area.
What does predictivity mean?
Predictivity is a procedure that allows the archaeological potential of an area of which we do not have direct knowledge to be determined in advance, by interpreting already-known historical, archaeological and environmental data of nearby areas.
Pisa boasts a millenary history which is stratified underground. The University, the Region, the Superintendencies and the Municipalities have joined forces in the MAPPA project, the aim of which is to determine the archaeological potential of an urban area and is an essential tool for combining the city’s development with the knowledge and enhancement of its historical heritage.
Who will benefit from MAPPA?
MAPPA provides knowledge on how urban space was organised in the past. It is a fully accessible tool and can be used by different fields of civil society each time an archaeological artefact comes into contact with day-to-day reality. Universities will be able to draw useful ideas for research programming; Superintendencies will find it easier to implement protection activities; local institutions will be able to plan far-seeing territorial development; finally, single citizens will find it easier to make efficient and cost-effective construction planning choices, in order to avoid that building works are delayed or blocked after the discovery of unexpected archaeological remains.