Following the success of the 2017 season, the University of Edinburgh – Apolline Project excavations at Aeclanum will again run a summer school in geophysical survey in 2018.

Survey work will continue in the urban centre of Aeclanum, especially along the southern edges of the city centre; additional survey work might also be undertaken beyond the city walls. The summer school takes the form of a two-week intensive course providing attendees with training in planning, conducting and interpreting geophysical surveys of Roman urban sites. The course will concentrate on GPR (ground penetrating radar), though other techniques and their uses will be explained. The training will combine theory and practice, with work in the field taking place alongside classes and lab-based assignments on all aspects of geophysical survey and the mapping of urban landscapes. Skills that students will acquire upon completion of this course include: basic knowledge of physical principles of geophysical techniques, ability to plan a survey, GPR data collection and processing, GPR data visualization (2D and 3D), archaeological interpretation of GPR data, implementation of GIS platform to integrate geophysical and archaeological data.

The course will run in two blocks, the first one from July 30th to August 10th and the second one from August 20th to August 31st. Participants can select which block they sign up for. The participation fee for two weeks is 600EUR. The fee covers shared accommodation in our facilities in Mirabella Eclano. Meals will not be provided but the facilities are equipped with a kitchen and food can be purchased locally at a reasonable price. The course is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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