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.
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.
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.
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.
In this period we are forced to satay home because of the coronavirus and we do not have the opportunity to go to our libraries. However many people have made available online resources to continue studying and deepening the topics that interest us. Take a look at the...read more
In these surreal days, good news for our project and for all those who want to know everything about ArchAIDE methodology, outcomes, results and data. It's now available our publication on Internet Archaeology, completed with each multimedia contents. The article...read more
The 2020 TRAC (Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference) Conference, which was to be held in Split, in mid-April, has been postponed because of the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19 to 7-10 April.read more
Today, the first day of the Italian total block, in front of the Laboratory ' window we see this image full of hope. Pisa is appearing a silent and surreal space, no people, no cars, no sound. She is empty, without citizens, tourists and students that every day fill...read more
The 2020 Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), which was to be held in Oxford, UK, in mid-April, has been postponed because of the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19. The CAA Executive Steering Committee and the local...read more
The archaeological investigations at the Certosa of Calci start again. The MAPPA team and the students of Archaeology of the University of Pisa, restarted the investigations at the Certosa of Calci. Two friars’ cells gardens are the object of documentation: one is the...read more