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.

The urban necropolis of Pisa between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages

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.

The invisible cities. Transformations and persistence of the ancient urban structures: the building materials.

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.

Contemporary archaeology

If in the international arena we have now come to a definition and a conscious planning of the discipline, in Italy there has been no organic debate and reflection. There is an unconscious archeology “of the contemporary”, understood as the occasional recording of 20th and 21st century data, and some sporadic experiences of analysis of society through the archaeological and ethnoarchaeological pathology.

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.

Certosa di Calci (2017-2019)

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.

NLP (Natural Language Processing)

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.

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

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.

Every Thursday

“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.

MAGOH (Managing Archaeological data for a sustainable GOvernance of the Heritage) 2020-2022

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.

Mura Night Experience 2020

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.

WRITES (WRiting Is on ThE wallS)

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.

Digital Library – Dep. of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge

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.

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.

Archaeology of border

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.

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.


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 (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.