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Remote Sensing and Geo-Archaeological Data: Inland Water Studies for the Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Ferrara District, Italy

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Cultural Heritage Department, University of Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
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Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques, Federation ITA F07 A.CDCI., 40124 Bologna, Italy
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(3), 380; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10030380
Received: 26 December 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 10 February 2018 / Published: 1 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage)
In the southern area of the Ferrara District, Italy, remote sensing investigations associated with geo-archaeological drilling in underwater archaeological studies, have helped to broad our understanding of the historical evolution and cultural heritage of inland waterways. In working on prototype sites, we have taken a multidisciplinary approach of surveillance and preventive archaeology, and have collaborated with archaeologists, geologists, hydro-biologists, and engineers. In this area of research, often lakes, lagoons, and rivers are characterized by low visibility. Some Quaternary events have deeply modified Ferrara’s landscape. Analysis of preserved samples from micro-drillings, underwater direct and indirect surveys, and the cataloguing of historical artefacts, are giving to the researchers a remarkable ancient chronology line. Recent studies confirmed anthropization sequences from the 1st Century B.C. to the 6th Century A.D. Waterscape archaeology, a multidisciplinary science devoted to the study of the human use of wetlands and anthropological connection with the water environment, testifies the ways in which people, in the past, constructed and used the water environment. In this article, we describe underwater cultural heritage research using 3D side scan sonar surveys and artifacts analysis, comparing data from direct diving investigations and stratigraphic data from micro-geological drillings on sites of Lago Tramonto, Gambulaga, Portomaggiore (Ferrara). View Full-Text
Keywords: underwater cultural heritage; palaeo-watercourses; geo-archaeology; remote sensing; Late Roman; Ferrara underwater cultural heritage; palaeo-watercourses; geo-archaeology; remote sensing; Late Roman; Ferrara
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Bucci, G. Remote Sensing and Geo-Archaeological Data: Inland Water Studies for the Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Ferrara District, Italy. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 380.

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