Recorded lectures and abstracts

Mapping Underwater Cultural Heritage. Accessing the archaeological archive beneath the waves.

Alex Tourtas (University of Aegean)

Scheduled: Thursday, April 18th, 18.30 PM (Athens time zone)


Salomon Reinarch’s quote “The sea is the largest museum in the world” (1925) is still used today to underline the importance of underwater research in the management of global cultural heritage, not only in terms of pure archeological inquiries but also in the sense of exploring our strong connection with the water element as a species through the study of material culture. UNESCO’s 2001 Convention for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage along with various other international agreements and national policies have created during the last couple of decades the framework for a swiftly developing field of cultural studies that is highly focused on the underwater environment. Alas, this unique environment is often challenging and requires specialized methodologies in order for us to be able to extract the scientific information required. Fortunately, nowadays technology comes to our aid and provides us with valuable tools both for surveying and documenting what is out there regardless of depth, visual conditions, decaying materials and other impediments, revealing the map of a brave new world of research to the archaeological community. At the same time, innovative technologies such as extended reality applications provide access to this extensive cultural landscape to the wider public and contribute to the promotion of our common cultural heritage and the important field of ocean literacy. One can surely say that almost 100 years later Reinarch is still right and the underwater world is calling us louder than ever to explore its extensive archaeological archive

Geomatics in action in the archaeological excavations at Terpni Paliokastro

Rescheduled for 28th of February. 18.30 PM (Athens time zone)

Sylviane Déderix & Lionel Fadin (École française d’Athènes)


In 2022 the École française d’Athènes and the Archaeological Service of Serres launched a new five-year excavation project on the site of Terpni Paliokastro, in the region of Central Macedonia. This new project offered an opportunity for the team to reflect on strategies of acquisition, management and analysis of excavation data. In this presentation, we will discuss the workflow that was thus adopted, focusing on the role played by geospatial technologies. We will explain the choices that were made regarding the use of such technologies in accordance with the goals of the project, constraints and preexisting solutions at the École française d’Athènes and beyond.

Field Surveying, application technology and GIS Methods in Archaeology

George Malaperdas (Laboratory of Archaeometry, University of the Peloponnese)


Digital applications are beginning to be used more and more in the science of archaeology. So far, these programs have been applied mostly in either archaeological programs involving measurements and recordings in the field or in research approaches to discover new methods of cooperation.These kind of applications, which utilize geolocation techniques already installed in all mobile phones, have created a new dynamic in archaeological surveying research. The accuracy of GPS and the ease of recording the position of a finding even by unskilled personnel increase efficiency in both the field and the office. Now, with properly structured techniques, a research team can complete the same work in a much shorter time frame.In this presentation the audience will introduced to a series of different technologies applied in the last five years in the archaeological surveys through the University of Peloponnese, and discuss what we have found to be the most optimal techniques.