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How could Archeo-Geophysics help garbage disposal? A fortuitous discovery in Central Italy

Pier Matteo Barone, Carlotta Ferrara, Elena Pettinelli
  • Carlotta Ferrara
    Department of Physics, University of Roma Tre, Italy
  • Elena Pettinelli
    Department of Physics, University of Roma Tre, Italy

Abstract

We present a non-destructive geophysical technique (Ground Penetrating Radar) as a suitable method for both the detection of buried archeological structures, as is already known, and as an aid to local administrators in the planning of potential waste management sites (e.g., landfills or incinerators). This can prevent the potential destruction of important archeological sites. The discovery of a subsurface archeological target a few dozen kilometers northeast of Rome, near the proposed site for the construction of a waste-to-energy incinerator, should cause local administrations to reconsider their plans for construction at this site.

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archeology, GPR, incinerator, preservation.

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Submitted: 2012-04-20 12:26:46
Published: 2012-08-08 18:27:31
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