Special Issue "Urban Geoarcheology"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Mauro De Donatis
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Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo", 61029 Urbino, Italy
Interests: digital field mapping; 3D geological modeling; sedimentary geology; tectonics and sedimentation; geoarchaeology
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Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue of Geosciences on "Urban Geoarchaeology " includes several high-quality peer-review papers from the various disciplines that make up the geo-archeology to outline the state of the art in techniques, technologies, methods, and methodologies, and in new interesting results obtained in different contexts of urbanized areas.

Examples include the current cities and towns that are often the result of the accumulation of cultures and artifacts that initially arose in places with peculiar geological and geomorphological features.

The environments (such as coasts, rivers, and reliefs), the availability of natural resources (such as water and fertile soil), and protection or exposure to natural disasters  (floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes) have often been decisive in the creation of settlements, which often became large cities or metropolises, such as, for example, in the case of Rome or London. The interaction and collaboration between disciplines such as geology, geomorphology, petrography, geophysics, and archeology has often led to important results, which are sometimes unexpected, especially in urban areas, where investigations and excavations often present complications and problems (e.g., permits, interactions with structures and infrastructures, etc.) but can also offer opportunities (e.g., geognostic data, excavations for new buildings, etc.).

The submission of works concerning the applications of new technologies both for non-invasive investigations (remote-sensing, geophysics, etc.) and for reconstructions of geology and geomorphology through interactive and multi-dimensional cartography is strongly encouraged.

Prof. Mauro De Donatis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geophysics and geognostic survey
  • Quaternary geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Petrography of urban heritage
  • Risks and resources for ancient settlements
  • Techniques used in urban geoarchaelogy
  • GIS cartography and geoarcheology
  • Data sets and database for geoarcheology
  • N-dimensional modelling

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A 3D Geological Model as a Base for the Development of a Conceptual Groundwater Scheme in the Area of the Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Geosciences 2020, 10(7), 266; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10070266 - 10 Jul 2020
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Geological models are very useful tools for developing conceptual schemes owing to their capacity to optimize the management of stratigraphic information. This is particularly true in areas where archaeological heritage is exposed to hydrogeological hazards; 3D models can constitute the first step toward [...] Read more.
Geological models are very useful tools for developing conceptual schemes owing to their capacity to optimize the management of stratigraphic information. This is particularly true in areas where archaeological heritage is exposed to hydrogeological hazards; 3D models can constitute the first step toward the construction of numerical models created to understand processes and plan mitigation actions to improve visitor safety and preserve archaeological heritage. This paper illustrates the results of a 3D hydrostratigraphic model of the site of the Colosseum in the Central Archaeological Area of Rome. In recent years, this area has experienced numerous floods caused by intense meteorological events. A new borehole survey provided the opportunity to update previous maps and cross sections and build a local scale 3D model. The resulting conceptual model was used to identify primary gaps in existing knowledge about the groundwater system and to optimize the planning of a piezometer monitoring network. Further studies can then focus on the development of groundwater numerical models to verify hypotheses regarding inflow-outflow dynamics and facilitate the optimization of water management. Full article
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