Acampada24 – Archaeological view

On May 13, 2024, Acampada 24 began in the Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge gardens at the University of Pisa. Students, who have been mobilizing for months, have set up tents. We believe it is important to document its development and memory archaeologically, focusing not only on the materiality it is producing and will leave behind.

ArchMOSS - Archaeology of MOuntain for EcoSustainable development

Since the post-war period, human depopulation and the abandonment of agro-silvo-pastoral activities in the Apuan Alps have allowed the reoccupation of mountain spaces by animal and plant species. Abandonment/resilience/reoccupation characterise the Tuscan mountains and have led to the creation of protected natural areas and the development of conservation policies which, however, are not always fully understood by local communities, opening debates and conflicts on development and environmental preservation policies.

LI.MA. (LIminal MAteriality)

LI.MA. (LIminal MAteriality) is a particular educational project promoted by the class of Modern and Contemporary Archaeology and funded by the University of Pisa, dedicated to archaeologically exploring materiality along the borders of migratory routes in an attempt to understand what contribution the archaeological discipline can make to the counter-narrative of migratory phenomena and the relationships that are established with territories, landscapes, and liminal communities.

Reconstruction of the paleoenvironment with AI techniques, starting from archaeobotanical data: the relationships between humans and non-humans. (2023-2026)

Environmental reconstructions play a crucial role in archaeology, allowing researchers to understand the complex interaction between humans and their surrounding environments throughout history. Over the last decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been increasingly explored in the archaeological field and the application of techniques that are part of AI has proven to be a valid aid in repetitive or time-consuming tasks.


CHARCOAL is a special didactic project aimed at accompanying students in the identification, documentation and study of anthracological evidence related to charcoal production in the Versilia mountain area. The aim of the initiative is to broaden the didactic offer by means of a specific course involving the participation of an external trainer, Dr. Radoslaw Grabowsky, an archaeobotanical expert with extensive international experience in the world of research and preventive archaeology.

Re-Connect - Mending narratives and communications about migration

Following the special educational projects Archaeology of the Border, ISLAND and E-Cool, Re-Connect aims to continue to work in a transdisciplinary way, between archaeology, anthropology and audiovisual communication, on systematizing the enormous amount of documentation collected: images, videos, interviews, ethnographic observations and archaeological records.

TOM - Traces of Movements (2022-2024)

The forced migrations and displacement we witness daily represent only the latest chapter in millennial history that has involved the movement of people and populations between different areas of the planet.

Memories of things, places and life.

The landscape transformation after the Second World War is a natural theme for those who live in mountain areas. The depopulation of villages and high-altitude sites and the abandonment of crops and woods is still partially legible today in the tangible and intangible memories with which local communities are confronted daily.

AI controlled robotic arm for classification and selection of archaeological ceramic fragments

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the use of methodologies related to ICT also in the humanistic field, in particular with regard to archeology which is considered since a long time a science on the border between humanities and technical-scientific disciplines. The aim of this project is to create a robotic arm that is able to autonomously select the fragments based on the information received from ArchAIDE.

e-COOL: Ethnographies of Communities, Objects and places in Lampedusa

In the last two years, Lampedusa has been a focus for archaeological and anthropological educational experiences. Following this path, e-COOL project aims to open a new phase where students will be protagonists proposing original research themes.

Resurgences: exploring the ecologies of abandonment

The purpose of the teaching project is to introduce students to the diachronic study of the abandoned landscapes of the Apuan-Versilian area, exploring the places of “resurgence”, or those areas that have been the scene of economic and subsistence activities and which are now abandoned.

ARAM: ARchaeologies of Abandonment on the Middle Mountain (2022-2024)

The “mid-mountains” are those areas that are not strictly hilly or with high altitudes, where the habitable space represents a dialectical mediation in the changing physical conditions. It is a multifaceted and polysemic place, in a strong relationship between natural and cultural mountains. These places result from overlaying of abandonments that have registered its economic-social marginality.

Archaeology of undocumented contemporary migrations

The archaeology of migrations represents a key to understand the social, geopolitical and cultural transformations of contemporary society. Within the Italian context, the archaeological investigation of undocumented contemporary migrations, currently absent, will allow us to recognize the material traces of
this phenomenon as an evidence of actual anthropic activity.

Forsaken ecologies. Environmental archaeology and preservation of cultural landscapes in the Versilian area of Alpi Apuane (2022-2025)

The combined analysis of the material traces of anthropic activities, of the located knowledge of local communities and the paleoenvironmental evolution of the territory, constitutes a powerful resource for the promotion of policies for a sustainable management of mountain areas.

MAGOH (Managing Archaeological data for a sustainable GOvernance of the Heritage) 2020-2023

MAGOH is one of the winner projects on the call named “100 assegni per la Cultura” promoted by Regione Toscana. The aim of the project is to create a platform of archaeological data managing about the Province of Pisa and the urban area of Firenze. MAGOH will allow the data access and the optimisation of the cycle of the archaeological data, improving research, protection and enhancement actions.

ISOLA: Investigate the global stories of everyday objects in Lampedusa (2022)

How can material culture be studied and documented in the globalization and consumption era?
The educational project ISOLA wants to work on this issue through a multidisciplinary experience between Pisa and Lampedusa. The island of Lampedusa has been chosen as a microcosm where global and local complexity crossed and where it’s possible to read this phenomenon through left material traces.

WRITES: WRiting Is on ThE wallS (2020-2023)

WRITES is a contemporary archaeology project that aims to verify the feasibility of the archaeological analysis of contemporary traces, such as graffiti, writings, drawings, stickers, posters, scattered on walls, facades, shutters, doors, gates in the historic centre of Pisa.

From Vitruvio to ArchaeoBIM. BIM reconstruction of the archaeological context of Massaciuccoli ( Massarosa - LU)

In the debate on the search for new archaeological methodologies, the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) has begun to develop over the last decade. This technique, derived from disciplines such as architecture and civil engineering, involves the creation of 3D models of architectural objects correlated with a series of databases, allowing the simultaneous management of a large amount of heterogeneous data.

Every Thursday (2020-2023)

“Every Thursday” is a contemporary archeology project that aims at documenting the daily life during the period of quarantine imposed by the Italian government as a containment measure for the Covid-19 epidemic.

Certosa di Calci (2017- on going)

The University of Pisa, through a large consortium of its departments, has activated a large program of conservation and enhancement of the Certosa di Calci complex and its museum poles.
The MAPPA Laboratory will focus on the Archaeological Impact Assessment (VIArch) and on the collection and management of all the archaeological data of the territory of the Municipality of Calci.

Archaeology of borders (2021)

The contemporary borders are the issue on the Special Teaching Project titled “Archaeology of Borders”, promoted by the class of Methodology of the Archaeological Research. The project plans a trans-disciplinary archaeological and anthropological path.“Archaeology of Border”, starting from the broader approaches carried on by the MAPPALab’ projects such as “Contemporary archaeology” and “Archaeology of undocumented contemporary migrations”, aims to involve the students in a didactic experience through the idea of the contemporary borders.

ArchAIDE (ARCHaeological Automatic Interpretation and Documentation of cEramics, 2016-2019)

The MAPPA lab is coordinator of the ArchAIDE project, funded by H2020-RIA programme.
ArchAIDE aims to create a tool for the automatic recognition of ceramics through the use of deep learning. Starting from a simple photograph, the ArchAIDE App will provide the digital classification of each fragment correlating it with the information of the ceramic catalogs for the first time available online.

Digital Library – Dep. of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge (2021 – on going)

The Digital Library project involves the realisation of a repository for all of the Department of Civilisation and Forms of Knowledge’s digital objects and will be online in July 2021.
The Digital Library’s goal is long-term preservation and open dissemination. The Digital Library will be available to all researchers, studends and general public.

The invisible cities. Transformations and persistence of the ancient urban structures: the building materials. (2019-2021)

The aim of the project is to investigate the transformations of the urban space of the city of Pisa during the Roman period and the late antiquity (3rd century BC – 5th century AD), by means of archaeometric analysis on building materials.

The Ager Pisanus between Romanization and Late Antiquity (III century BC-VI AD): continuity, discontinuity and transformation (2018-2022)

The research aims at the study of the city and the territory of Pisa between the Hellenistic age, the Roman age and the late antiquity, for an analysis of the settlement dynamics in a long-term perspective.

NLP: Natural Language Processing (2018 – in corso)

The techniques allowing the extraction of such information from documents are part of Natural Language Processing (NLP): these are algorithms that extract, structure and analyze information from textual sources.

Mura Night Experience (2020 – 2021)

MAPPALab is one of the partners of “Mura Night Experience” project,  started in 2020. The project is creating a new cross-media narrative around the Wall of Pisa and the history of the town.

Nerone Night Experience (2022)

MAPPALab is one of the partners of the “Nerone Night Experience” project, a new cross-media narrative around the history of Roman Bath in Pisa, called “Bagni di Nerone”. We’re scheduling the events calendar for Spring- Summer 2022. Nerone Night Experience is an initiave by ‘Acquario della Memoria’ association.

The urban necropolis of Pisa between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (2019-2020)

The work is part of the University Research Project (PRA) “Funerary landscapes between ritual and society. New approaches to the study of necropolis in the ancient world “, coordinated by Anna Anguissola. The biennial project is aimed at studying necropolises in different contexts, both spatial and chronological.

MAPPAGIS (2013 – on going)

The MAPPA web-GIS is the digital mapping instrument used for the free publication of archaeological, geological and geomorphological data on the web. The MAPPAGIS was created in the MAPPA project and records all the archaeological interventions carried out in Pisa from 1562 to today. Through appropriate implementations, the web-GIS provides access to topics of scientific and public interest regarding archaeological mapping, archaeological potential mapping and geomorphological mapping.
The MAPPA web-GIS is a dynamic and up-to-date tool that can be freely consulted and that enables real-time queries of data and relevant analysis.

MOD (2012 – on going)

MOD (MAPPA Open Data) is the first italian digital archaeological archive developed to preserve
and disseminate the archaeographic documentation (Datasets) and grey literature (Reports) produced during archaeological surveys.
The MOD protects those who have produced the documentation in all its forms through the application of a DOI to each Dataset and / or Report and the use of the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, in order to simultaneously allow the correct circulation of data and the protection of intellectual paternity.

MAPPA Project (Methodology Applied Archaeological Potential Predictivity, 2011-2013)

The MAPPA project, conducted by a consortium of Departments of the University of Pisa (Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, Earth Sciences, Mathematics), was aimed at the creation of a Charter of archaeological potential of the city of Pisa developed through a predictive algorithm. Through the digitization, management and georeferencing of all the archaeological data of Pisa, during the two years of research, an archaeological WebGIS, an OpenData digital archive (MOD) and paleogeographic maps were created.