||Investigation of Roman city planning in Pompeii – Casa dei Postumii and Terme Stabiane|
||Pompei, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy
|Period||5th century BC to AD 79
|Method||Geomagnetics, GPR, geoelectrics, virtual reconstruction|
||German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Rome Department,
Dr. Felix Pirson, Dr. Jens-Arne Dickmann
Casa dei Postumii.
OBJECTIVE Determination of the prospects of success of geophysical methods during running excavations considering Roman cities as an example. Expansion to investigations inside of existing ancient buildings.
The most recent methods in the field of archaeological prospection were applied. Depending on the measuring conditions on site and archaeological, historical and structural questions, geomagnetics (2D), GPR (2.5D) and geoelectrical mapping (2D) as well as geoelectrical tomography (3D) were used. The investigations focused on the Casa dei Postumii and the Terme Stabiane. The transformation of geophysical data into virtual models was carried out together with architect Chris Barlieb (ZODIAC ).
|Virtual model of the located ditch generated on the base of geophysical data.|
The geophysical results provided evidence of a North-South running ditch in the Terme Stabiane which is displayed in the resistance tomography as a zone of increased electric conductivity. The ditch is flanked and covered by water conduits associated with the use of the public baths. The exact location and even the dip of the Roman water pipes are visible in the radargrams.
In Pompeii reliable results can only be achieved by combining 2D and 3D investigation methods. The reason for this are the multiple disturbances and superpositions.
|GPR timeslice in the Terme Stabiane.||Terme Stabiane - the trench,
the water conduits and traces
of historic excavations.
|Virtual model of the located ditch, generated on the base
of geophysical data.
Contact Dipl.-Geophys. Burkart Ullrich and Dipl.-Geophys. Cornelius Meyer
Dr. J.-A. Dickmann, Department of Classical Archaeology of the University of Heidelberg
Dr. F. Pirson, Director of Istanbul department of the DAI
Links The project Casa dei Postumii at the DAI (German Archaeological Institute)
UNESCO World heritage Site: (UNESCO World Heritage Site )