A Methodological Approach for Intra – Site Analysis of Prehistoric Settlements

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Maria Cristina Manzetti
Apostolos Sarris


During the IGEAN (Innovative Geophysical Approaches for the Study of Early Agricultural Villages of Neolithic) project, more than 20 Neolithic-Early Bronze Age (EBA) settlements in the area of Thessaly, Central Greece, were investigated through various geophysical approaches. The prehistoric settlements of Almyros2, Almyriotiki, Perdika1 and Rizomilos2 have been selected to be studied in-depth about their intra-site spatial organization. Here, for sake of conciseness, only the results about Almyros2 and Perdika1 will be presented, assuming these settlements belong both to the Middle Neolithic period. This study aims to propose a combined methodological approach in order to examine if such settlements were conceived following a determined spatial organization. Four different technologies have been implemented, including geophysical prospection, space syntax, 3D modelling and 3D visibility analysis. The promising results obtained from the combination of such technologies, hopefully, will encourage specialists to adopt, compare and develop integrated methodologies more often, especially when excavations are limited.


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Manzetti, M. C., & Sarris, A. (2021). A Methodological Approach for Intra – Site Analysis of Prehistoric Settlements. Studies in Digital Heritage, 5(2), 88–106. https://doi.org/10.14434/sdh.v5i2.32980
Special Issue "Integrated Spatial Analysis in Archeological Research"
Author Biographies

Maria Cristina Manzetti, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Maria Cristina Manzetti is a Yufe Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus. She concluded her Ph.D. research in 2018, at the School of Architecture at Technical University of Chania (Greece) in Digital Media and Cultural Heritage, and graduated in Archaeology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy), with a specialization in Roman archaeology. She attended a II-level Master in Geotechnology applied to Archaeology, at the Centre of San Giovanni Valdarno of the University of Siena (Italy). Her specialties are Roman archaeology, Roman theaters, Virtual Archaeology, 3D modeling, 3D visualization, 3D visibility analysis, and virtual acoustics analysis.

Apostolos Sarris, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Apostolos Sarris is Professor of the Chair “Sylvia Ioannou” on Digital Humanities at the Archaeological Research Unit of the Department of History and Archaeology of Cyprus. He is also an Adjunct/Affiliate Professor of the Cyprus University of Technology and a Research Associate of the Dept. of Anthropology, The Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Apostolos Sarris was responsible for the establishment of the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment (GeoSat ReSeArch Lab) at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.RT.H.), where he acted as a Research Director and Head of the Lab (1996-2021). He is now a member of scientific experts and evaluation committees for several international research agencies.


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