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Sensors (Basel). 2019 Aug 9;19(16). pii: E3494. doi: 10.3390/s19163494.

New Data on the Messapian Necropolis of Monte D'Elia in Alezio (Apulia, Italy) from Topographical and Geophysical Surveys.

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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali, Monteroni road, c/o Campus Universitario, 73100 Lecce, Italy. giovanni.leucci@cnr.it.
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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali, Monteroni road, c/o Campus Universitario, 73100 Lecce, Italy.

Abstract

The Messapian necropolis of Monte D'Elia is related to one of the most important ancient settlements in the Salento Peninsula (in south Italy). In order to understand the extension and layout of this necropolis in the various periods of its use, a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) prospection was undertaken in some important sample areas by a team of the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council of Italy. The analysis of the GPR measurements revealed many anomalies that could be ascribed to archaeological structures (tombs), as well as other anomalies of presumable natural origin or referable to modern features. The data collected were georeferenced in the digital archaeological map of the site and integrated with a virtual reconstruction of the surveyed area.

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3D laser scanning; Alezio; GPR; Messapian necropolis; archaeological map; drone; topographical survey

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