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Case Studies

Archaeology

Monitoring the condition of archaeological sites

Archaeology

Monitoring the condition of archaeological sites is paramount for both preservation efforts and ensuring the safety of visitors to sites of interest. Striking a delicate balance between safeguarding historical treasures and avoiding disturbance to ancient monuments is crucial. In alignment with this objective, our ongoing DOMISI project, supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) is dedicated to performing meticulous remote analysis using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) displacement monitoring techniques.

Focusing on significant Ancient Greek and Roman remains in Cyprus, our collaboration with the Department of Antiquities involves the acquisition and analysis of satellite data to assess the susceptibility of these archaeological sites to geohazards, particularly subsidence. By employing InSAR technology, we gain a comprehensive understanding of ground displacements over time, allowing us to pinpoint areas of immediate concern. This proactive approach facilitates the identification of locations requiring urgent restoration measures, thereby contributing to the preservation of these cultural heritage sites.

Highlights 

  • Remote monitoring of displacement avoids disturbance to artifacts. 

  • Susceptibility to geohazard or other instability is assessed and reported to the Department of Antiquities. 

  • Proactive restoration or stabilising measures are taken before heritage is lost.  

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