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Federica Boschi

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-ANT/10 Methods of Archaeological Research


Keywords: Geophysics for archaeology Landscape archaeology Aerial photography and photointerpretation Preventative archaeology Remote Sensing in archaeology Archaeological methodology

Main lines of research:

Geophysics for Archaeology: theory and practice of the non-invasive methods for archaeological mapping and investigation, with particular regard to the most employed techniques of geophysical survey (Ground Penetrating Radar, Geomagnetic and Resistivity systems), their integration and to the archaeological interpretation of the remote sensing data. These topics are analyzed in depth also within several projects and activities on the field. Among the most recent experiences there are geophysical survey at Classe and Cervia (Ravenna); Marzabotto (Bologna); Suasa and Ostra (Ancona); Pompei - Sanctuary of Apollo and Domus di Obellio Firmo; Paestum; Agrigento - Valle dei Templi; Tharros (Oristano); Sarcapos (Cagliari); Phoinike (Albania); Tasli Gecit Hoyuk (Turkey); Bakchias (Egypt); Ashkelon (Israel). A special focus is given to the geophysical mapping of long lived cities (ongoing research in Ravenna, Senigallia and Ascoli Piceno).

Landscape Archaeology: study of territories and their evolution, by means of integrated methods and techniques of survey, digital documentation and mapping. This aspect of the research is mainly developed in Adriatic area, where several projects of research and education are works in progress (Mapping Adriatic Landscapes). Ongoing: Landscape Archaeology along the Cesano, Nevola and Misa River Valleys.

Preventive Archaeology: activities of survey and study for evaluating the archaeological value of sites and landscapes, with a special interest for contexts where new projects of transformation or modern works are in planning. The focus of the research involves the use of non-invasive survey methods for the needs of preventive archaeology and comparison with stratigraphic excavation data. Ongoing project: ArcheoNevola - Integrated study of the Picene and Roman necropolis of Corinaldo (Ancona) between research and territorial planning.

Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing: analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data (aerial photographies, satellite images, Lidar data) and activities of aerial surveys for archaeological exploration, documentation and mapping. Among the main ongoing researches are the integrated survey and mapping activities in Classe and the area south of Ravenna, and the SEARCH project (SEnsing ARCHaeology. Non-invasive mapping and tracking technologies for evaluating and protecting buried archaeology).

Archaeological methodology: themes, theory and practice of the archaeological research, and their evolution. From the diagnostics to the activities of digs, documentation and edition.

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