We are pleased to announce the posting of the project Mapping the Antiquities of Athens, a bilingual cartographic platform free access designed and implemented by the team Doublen. For the first time in the history of research, the archaeological documentation for the built environment of Athens, which revealed 160 years of salvage excavations, is organized and classified in a modern urban background. The project was carried out with his kind sponsorship Stavros Niarchos Foundation (great donor), of The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) and Aigeas AMKE.
The project maps the area surrounded by the ancient walls as well as a zone 500 meters wide around them covering 6,700 km.2 of modern urban space. Excavation information from 1,420 archeological sites was recorded in a geospatial database along with 670 floor plans and 1,400 bibliographic references, creating the first digital map of rescue excavations in Athens.
With the help of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related internet technologies (web-mapping) the possibility for simple and complex searches is offered, rendering the spatial dimension of ancient buildings and structures as accurately as possible; work demanding due to the huge volume of data . In this effort, the cooperation with the Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Athens proved to be valuable.
The project offers a tour of the ancient urban fabric and is addressed not only to the specialist researcher of archeology and historical topography but also to anyone interested in the archeology and history of Athens. The purpose of the project is the digital reconstruction and diffusion of the archaeological wealth of the city and the highlighting of the historical aspects of a hitherto unknown, Athens.
Source: Εναλλακτική Δράση by enallaktikidrasi.com.
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