Archaeological impact assessment

La Sapienza

As part of the great project of Arrangement, Consolidation and Reorganization of the Palazzo “La Sapienza” in Pisa, the MAPPA Laboratory was responsible for the drafting of the archaological impact assessment (VIArch). The building of “La Sapienza”, located in the historic center of Pisa, was built during the Renaissance period on the site of the fourteenth-century square “Piazza del Grano”. The area was already known for the high archaeological potential ranging from the Etruscan to the post-medieval age.
From the methodological point of view, the evaluation is based on the predictive mathematical model developed by the MAPPA laboratory, aimed at predicting the informative potential of stratigraphic deposits in the various parts of the city of Pisa and its suburban area.
The laboratory has also provided the documents useful for the definition of the public tender procedure and carry out the role of “Direction of the Archaeological Operations in Assistance to Works Management” throughout the preliminary archaeological analysis.

Department of Ingegneria

As part of the preliminary design of the new Engineering University Pole, the MAPPA laboratory has carried out the Archaological impact assessment (VIARCH). The area of the new building had never been investigated, except for four restricted field tests carried out in 2015. However, the area, located a few
hundred meters from Piazza dei Miracoli and the site of the San Rossore Ships, was already known for the high archaeological potential ranging from the Etruscan to the post-medieval age. From the methodological point of view, the evaluation is based on the predictive mathematical model developed by the MAPPA laboratory, aimed at predicting the informative potential of stratigraphic deposits in the various parts of the city of Pisa and its suburban area. The data processing has led to an evaluation of the archaeological potential of the object area and to the creation of an archaeological risk map commensurate with the
construction work. Finally, the stratigraphic readings of some field tests and a core drilling were added to these evaluations.

Former Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, via Risorgimento 35 – Pisa

The MAPPA lab carried out the Preventive evaluation of Archaeological Interest (VIARCH-Verifica di Interesse Archeologico preventivo ) as part of the broader project for the redevelopment of the area occupied by the former Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. The VIARCH was implemented by gathering the historical-archaeological documentation, making use of the predictive mathematical model (MAPPAGIS), and by analysing a series of exploratory drilling. The laboratory also supported the Construction Department of the University of Pisa for the analysis of the environmental risk in the area, planning the archaeological investigations, providing the documents useful for the preparation of the tender and coordinating the operations. In November 2019, in coordination with the Departments of Geology and Chemistry, six explorative trenches were excavated (2x1m in width and -1m in depth) allowing for the sampling necessary to carry out environmental analyses.

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