A geographical information system for the archaeological area of Pompeii
Published:January 01, 2000
M. T. Pareschi, G. Stefani, A. Varone, L. Cavarra, F. Giannini, A. Meriggi, 2000. "A geographical information system for the archaeological area of Pompeii", The Archaeology of Geological Catastrophes, W. J. McGuire, D. R. Griffiths, P. L. Hancock, I. S. Stewart
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The increasing degradation of archaeological evidence in the circumvesuvian area requires a suitable and exhaustive census of all the archaeological features of the area that are accessible now or that have come to light at some time in the past. The high population density of the area demands a conservation policy based on appropriately planned prevention, rather than on occasional intervention with the criterion of ‘saving what can be saved’. Here we present a geographical information system (GIS) of the archaeological data in their territorial environment for the circumvesuvian area, with the aim of providing a useful tool for...
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