Welcome to the MAPPA Lab!


Digital Methodologies APPlied to Archaeology

MAPPA is a Laboratory of the Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge of the University of Pisa, Italy. It develops digital Methods APPlied to Archaeology and among the other things, it deals with Open Data, Data Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and GIS.


The MAPPA Laboratory promotes and coordinates interdisciplinary projects at national and international level.
A team of specialists, together with operators and professionals from other disciplines, leads projects strongly innovative ranging from spatial analysis, digital archeology to Big Data and the application of deep learning systems to archeology.

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Archaeological Open Data

In a discipline based on destructive methods, the lack of information sharing not only inhibits research, but also represents a loss of irreplaceable cultural and historical knowledge. The MAPPA Laboratory has always embraced the Open philosophy and boasts the creation of MOD, the first Italian Open-Data repository.

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Archaeological impact assessment

The MAPPA laboratory guarantees a solid experience in the elaboration of ARCHeological Impact Assessment (VIArch), carried out through the integrated approach of archaeological methodologies and techniques: from bibliographic and archive research to aerophoto interpretation, from stratigraphic readings to analysis with GIS software.

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Registration, management and mathematical analysis of archaeological data

Analyze the transformations of the territories over the centuries by crossing the archaeological, historical, geological and geomorphological sources. Understanding the spatial organization and zoning of historical cities that overlapped over time and that today are buried or only partially visible, to create predictive maps of archaeological potential through the use of GIS tools and numerical analysis processes. Interdisciplinary approaches for the evaluation of archaeological potential: the MAPPA laboratory has a great tradition of research in the archiving and categorization of archaeological data, up to their analysis through GIS tools and mathematical/statistical methods, aimed at the predictive calculation of archaeological potential.

Archaeological Big Data

Big Data allow us to learn things impossible to understand using small amounts of data, thanks to the potential offered by software, hardware and algorithms. Their use requires a new archaeological approach: managing large amounts of data, accepting complexity, moving from causality to correlation. Big data inform, expose schemes for archaeological interpretation, are a resource and a tool: data mining, text mining, data visualization, quantitative methods, image processing, etc. help to understand complex archaeological information. Big Data open up new and unprecedented opportunities to read the great historical phenomena, allowing us to re-establish the social role of archeology.

Communication, dissemination and teaching of archaeological data

The MAPPA Lab has always paid attention to communication planning, developing strategies aimed at reaching different public targets in order to facilitate the understanding of scientific concepts and encourage collaboration with researchers outside the laboratory. Thanks to the use of different media, communication tools, and the collaboration with professionals in various sectors, MAPPA Lab carefully plans communication and dissemination for each research project.

News and events

Archaeology of borders. New project’s starting now!

Archaeology of borders is a new teaching project funded by the University of Pisa (special teaching projects funds). Students will work both with archaeologists, anthropologists and videomakers, testing different methodologies to approach the “contemporary border”...

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Revisit contemporary archaeology with Geopaparazzi

The last ALD1/2021 paper by Elisa Paperini, titled "Lettura archeologica della dispersione dei rifiuti in un parco pubblico: l’uso di Geopaparazzi in ricognizione". Read the article https://www.mappalab.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/10_geopaparazzi.pdf and download...

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The necropolis of Hierapolis

New ALD1/2021 paper by Anna Anguissola, Silvana Costa, Antonio Monticolo; "Ricerche nella necropoli nord a Hierapolis di Frigia. Le campagne 2017-2019 nell’area delle tombe 156-163d". Paper is available as open access on...

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The Late Bronze Age necropolis of Kangurttut

We talk about Central Asia and necropolis with the paper "The Late Bronze Age necropolis of Kangurttut in south-western Tajikistan (middle of 2nd millennium B.C.)" by Giovanna Lombardo, Natalia M. Vinogradova. Read the article on...

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New data in Pietralcina

Presenting the new paper in ALD1/2021. "La pianificazione territoriale di Pietrelcina: l’esperienza del PUC, la definizione della carta archeologica e i nuovi dati emersi" by Simone Foresta, Stefania Paradiso, Giandomenico Ponticelli, Salvatore Scognamillo. You can...

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