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

The program of the MAPPAclass series of seminars is online

The appointments with the MAPPALab seminars are back and this year’s series is rich in terms of themes and number of speakers. Starting from January 21, and until June 24, the appointment is set every two weeks, on Thursday, always at 17:30. Italian and international...

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R4 aRchaeologists Winter School, DEADLINE POSTPONED

You have time until 11 January 2021 to submit your application for the second edition of "R 4 aRchaeologists" Winter School will be held online on 25 January - 5 February 2021. A great opportunity to learn more about statistical analysis and visualization of...

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ArchAIDE on The New York Times

We are happy to announce that ArchAIDE project has been quoted on The New York Times! “How Archaeologists are using Deep Learning to dig deeper” is the title of the article by Zach Zuchary, where ArchAIDE results as one of the main innovative AI application in...

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Archaeologists are you ready for R?

The second edition of "R 4 aRchaeologists" Winter School will be held online on 25 January - 5 February 2021. A great opportunity to learn more about statistical analysis and visualization of archaeological data. Participants will learn the concepts and methods of...

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Testing fieldwork with new hyperspectral portal camera

This week Claudia Sciuto and the students of MAPPALab are testing the new hyperspectral portal camera to discover which applications would be useful for the archaeological fieldwork. The camera has been experimented to the acquisition and rendering of images on...

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