Surveying in the snow: Dzierżęcin and Cisowo (Poland)

AMU team members (Lidia on the left and Sonia on the right) measuring the artefacts in winter conditions (Photography by W. Rączkowski).

Surveying in the snow?! Yes, it is possible. From Wednesday to Saturday (11-13.03.2021), despite weather conditions, we decided it was high time for surveying areas mentioned in our project. Three sites were marked out, one in Dzierżęcin and two in Cisowo. The goal of our prospection was to find and mark artefacts visible on the ground while walking through the area. In a team of four people (Włodzimierz Rączkowski, Lidia Żuk, Filip Wałdoch and Sonia Tomczak), equipped in a GPS, each of us, we walked in the distance of stretched arms between each other to cover the area as detailed as possible. All the fragments of pottery and two pieces of glass, that we found, were marked with red dots. First, when a piece of human activity in the past, like a piece pottery, was spotted, we marked it with a flag. And then we measured their location by the use of RTK to achieve high accuracy in positioning.

Fortunately, we have marked all the pieces with flags before it started to snow. So there was no problem with finding the right spots for measurements. Snow and wind were too intense to continue surveying later this day. We went back to our base to check the results of our research.

The field in Dzierżęcin has not been cultivated for a few months and we could witness a strong animal activity there, especially traces of roe deers and boars. We have even discovered a den. Fortunately, nothing came out of it.

The next two days the weather was better and despite the strong wind, we have managed to cover the whole area between the falls of rain. The rain even helped to improve the visibility of pottery fragments on the ground. We got also a few moments of sunny weather, which didn’t really help to trace the pottery. An additional attraction was a wind farm located next to the surveyed area.

Our plan is to go back after a few months to cover the area again using the same prospection method and check if we could locate the same fragments of pottery (that is the reason behind marking them) and how they change location because of cultivation and erosion. Results might shed light on the influence of alluviation on archaeological heritage. 

Soon the Second Progress Meeting of RESEARCH

On the 31st of March, RESEARCH Partners will meet for the 2nd Progress Meeting. Considering travel limitations and other issues related to Covid-19 pandemic, the Meeting will be hold on-line. The event is reserved to the Consortium. 

Beside managerial and scientific issues, Partners will discuss secondment implementation issues related to the Pandemic situation, and recovery plans.  

RESEARCH paper published as part of Florence Heri-Tech2020 proceedings

We are very proud to announce that the paper “The RESEARCH project. Soil-related hazards and archaeological heritage in the challenge of climate change”, presented at the online conference Florence HERI-TECH, The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies Conference (14-16 October 2020) has been published as part of the open-access IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering outgoing. To download the paper, please visit https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/1757-899X/949/1.

RESEARCH at ArcheoFOSS 2020

On the 16th of October RESEARCH participated in the conference ArcheoFOSS 2020 (2020.archeofoss.org), presenting the paper “Valutazione integrata delle dinamiche di rischio di erosione del suolo in presenza di depositi archeologici. Il metodo proposto dal Progetto RESEARCH (REmote SEnsing techniques for ARCHaeology)”, which will be published as part of the conference proceedings. 

RESEARCH thanks ArcheoFOSS 2020 for great organization of the event and the opportunity.

To check the program, download the book of abstracts and watch the conference, visit the official website at https://2020.archeofoss.org.

RESEARCH will be at ArcheoFOSS 2020

RESEARCH will participate in the XIV edition of the conference ArcheoFOSS 2020, Open software, hardware, processes, data and formats in archaeological research. The conference will be held online from the 15th to the 17th of October 2020. To check the program, download the book of abstracts and watch the conference, visit the official website at  2020.archeofoss.org.  

RESEARCH at Florence HERI-TECH 2020

RESEARCH will participate to the online conference Florence HERI-TECH, The Future of Heritage Science And Technologies Conference (14-16 October 2020), presenting the paper “The RESEARCH project. Soil-related hazards and archaeological heritage in the challenge of climate change”. The contribution will be published as part of the open-access IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering outgoing within the month of November 2020. To check the program and follow the online events, visit https://www.florenceheritech.com.

UNITUS & ALMA in Itanos (Crete)

On the 27th of September 2020, UNITUS and ALMA conducted a site inspection in Itanos, one of Project case studies. Archaeologists from Università della Tuscia and staff from Alma paid particular attention to archaeological structures and features, from the perspective of the major issues related to the risk assessment of land movement to the site. 

Second Summer School of RESEARCH concluded with success

From the 21st to the 26th of September 2020, the Second Summer School of RESEARCH, organized and hosted by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies – Foundation for Research & Technology Hellas (IMS-FORTH) took place in Rethymno. The program includes lectures, workshops and a field trip. Although the Covid-19 Pandemic situation, the participation to the Summer School, both in presence and on-line, was significant.  

The Summer School ended, for in-presence participants, with the visit to the submerged site of Olous (Elounda, Crete), which provided a unique experience of an archaeological site visit, by group swimming among submerged archaeological structures.

We thank all the participants and especially all those who made possible the realization of the Second Summer School of RESEARCH and we wait for you all for the Third Summer School of RESEARCH, which will be organized by Università degli Studi della Tuscia (UNITUS) in Viterbo (Italy) in September 2021.

RESEARCH Second Annual Meeting

Remote sensing techniques for archaeology

The 24th of September RESEARCH Partners met in Rethymno for the Second Annual Meeting of RESEARCH project to discuss the main achievement of the first reporting period (2018-2020) and future research steps, also in the light of Covid-19 pandemic situation, which is determining delays in secondments implementations.

The rich agenda included the Coordinator’s report on deliverables status, milestones, management issues, dissemination activities, and project implementation activities. A specific session has been dedicated to the implementation of secondments in time of Covid-19 pandemic, looking at defining recovery strategies and future steps in planning. The REA Project Officer participated in the meeting. 

The scientific session was dedicated to seconded staff presenting the results of the activities carried out at hosting institutions. Presentations were related to advancements in WP1 (Land Movement), WP2 (Soil erosion), WP3 (Land use change), and WP4 (RESEARCH platform and Web-GIS). 

The meeting was concluded at 7 pm followed by a social dinner. 

The next appointment for the Consortium will be in Italy (Rome/Viterbo) in September 2021, for the Third Summer School and the Intermediate conference.

RESEARCH paper published as part of RSCy2020 proceedings

We are very proud to announce that the paper “Remote sensing techniques for archaeology: a state of art analysis of SAR methods for land movement”, presented at the Eighth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2020) (16-18 March 2020) has been published as part of the proceedings in SPIE 11524. To download the paper, please visit https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/conference-proceedings-of-spie/11524/115240C/Remote-sensing-techniques-for-archaeology–a-state-of-art/10.1117/12.2571722.short.