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Wednesday, March 30 • 13:55 - 14:20
S22-06 Digital data recording at Circus Maximus: A recent experience

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Digital data recording at Circus Maximus: a recent experience

Alessandro Vecchione, Domenica Dininno, Giulio Casazza

Between 2011 and 2014 a stratigraphic excavation was carried out in the area of the Circus Maximus in Rome by the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali in agreement with the Università Sapienza of Rome, chair of Ancient roman city planning. The excavation and the field data recording campaign were part of a large-scale project for the environmental requalification and promotion of the archaeological remains of the Circus Maximus.
The whole area is currently undergoing restoration works in preparation for the opening for the public fruition; the excavation, carried out at the same time, focused at the beginning on the external ambulatory and on the radial rooms facing the Palatine hill; later, the area where in roman times stood the arch of Titus was dug up.
The excavation involved 50 archaeology students of the ancient topography curriculum. While working in the educational digging the young archaeologists were trained in the use of new technologies for the field data recording: above all this activity focused on the use of photogrammetry and image based modelling. 
The methodological choice was motivated by the hybrid nature of the archaeological site – an educational excavation but also a public work of urgent nature: the restoration works were urgent and this forced to speed the archeological research and, subsequently, the graphic recording of the structures and findings. Digital photogrammetry, after comparing costs and benefits, proved to be the best solution for the archaelogists's needs.
At the end of the excavation, when the archaeologists completed the data digitalisation, the need to improve the student's knowledge of new technologies during university courses was clear.
This presentation aims to share our opinion on the reliability of the methodolgy that was used, the changes it brought to the organization of the team's work and the issues related whith the archiving and sharing of data.


Karsten Lambers

Associate Professor, Archaeological Computer Science, Leiden University

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Alessandro Vecchione

PhD student, Sapienza - Università di Roma

Wednesday March 30, 2016 13:55 - 14:20 CEST
Domus Media, Auditorium 13