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Geophysical Methods for Cultural Heritage Management


  • Comprehensively describes geophysical applications in theory and practice

  • Aimed at undergraduate and postgraduates courses in various disciplines such as geophysics, archaeology, architecture, restoration and management of cultural heritage

  • Provides numerous detailed case studies


Part of the Springer Geophysics book series (SPRINGERGEOPHYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Marilena Cozzolino, Elisa Di Giovanni, Paolo Mauriello, Salvatore Piro, Daniela Zamuner
    Pages 1-4
  3. Marilena Cozzolino, Elisa Di Giovanni, Paolo Mauriello, Salvatore Piro, Daniela Zamuner
    Pages 5-8
  4. Marilena Cozzolino, Elisa Di Giovanni, Paolo Mauriello, Salvatore Piro, Daniela Zamuner
    Pages 9-66
  5. Marilena Cozzolino, Elisa Di Giovanni, Paolo Mauriello, Salvatore Piro, Daniela Zamuner
    Pages 67-211

About this book


This book provides information and tools necessary to bridge and integrate the knowledge gaps related to the acquisition and processing of archaeological data, specifically in the field of preventive diagnostics, urban centers, archaeological parks and historical monuments, through activities that involve the application of non-invasive diagnostic detection systems, in the field of applied geophysics. The principal aim of this book is to define a tool for experts that work in the frame of Cultural Heritage and to identify a procedure of intervention transferable and usable in different geographical contexts and areas of investigations: it could help to decide the better technique of investigation to apply in relation to the predictive characteristics of the archaeological site and the objectives of the survey.

The book is divided in two parts. The first one explains the theory of ground high resolution penetrating radar (GPR), electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), controlled source electromagnetism system, differential magnetic method and the scenario of integrated methods of different geophysical techniques. Each section covers the basic theory (complete description of the physical parameters involved in the method), field instruments (description of all systems actually offered by commercial companies), field techniques (presentation of the main procedures and setting parameters used to explore the ground surface during data acquisition), techniques of data processing and representation (main processing routines and comparison between different techniques; presentation of different typologies of graphical representation), and the possibility and limitations of methods (explanation of best and worst conditions of implementation of the geophysical technique in relation to the contrasts between archaeological features and the natural background and the features of the instruments and arrays).

The second part describes some applications of geophysical prospection to Cultural Heritage in detailed case histories, divided in sections relative to monuments, historical buildings, urban centres, archaeological parks and ancient viability. Moreover, examples of integration of three-dimensional reliefs and geophysical diagnostic of a monuments and studies of large scale reconnaissance implemented into a Geographical Information System are treated. In each case study the authors cover the description of the archaeological or historical contest; an explanation of the problem to solve; a choice of the geophysical methods; the setting of the procedure of data acquisition; techniques of data processing; a representation, interpretation, and discussion of the results.


State of conservation of Cultural Heritage Geophysical prospections for Archaeology Diagnosis of historical monuments and buildings Field techniques and instruments Integrated approach

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MoliseCampobassoItaly
  2. 2.ITABC (CNR)MonterotondoItaly
  3. 3.University of MoliseCampobassoItaly
  4. 4.ITABC (CNR)MonterotondoItaly
  5. 5.ITABC (CNR)MonterotondoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Geophysical Methods for Cultural Heritage Management
  • Authors Marilena Cozzolino
    Elisa Di Giovanni
    Paolo Mauriello
    Salvatore Piro
    Daniela Zamuner
  • Series Title Springer Geophysics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Geophysics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74789-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09077-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74790-3
  • Series ISSN 2364-9127
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-9119
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 132 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geophysics/Geodesy
    Cultural Heritage
    Cultural Management
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