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Ground Penetrating Radar Survey of the UNESCO Painted Churches in the Troodos Region (Cyprus)

MITCHELL, William, ABATE, Dante, COLLS, Kevin, FAKA, Marina, STURDY COLLS, Caroline and BAKIRTZIS, Nikolas (2022) Ground Penetrating Radar Survey of the UNESCO Painted Churches in the Troodos Region (Cyprus). Heritage, 5 (1). pp. 260-285. ISSN 2571-9408

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In the framework of the IH-AT (Invisible Heritage Analysis and Technology) project, a cluster of churches ranging from the 11th to the 16th centuries, located in the Troodos Mountain range of Cyprus, designated by UNESCO as World Heritage monuments, were investigated using Non-Destructive-Techniques (NDT) (geophysical and topographic survey), 3D modelling and visualisation methods, contextualised and interpreted by art-historical and archaeological research. A geophysical survey, performed using a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), specifically aimed to confirm the presence or absence of buried features of archaeological interest at each of these sites, in particular, evidence of monastic complexes and buildings that used to surround preserved churches. This paper describes the preliminary results of this survey and some initial interpretations concerning what new information can be discerned about the now lost monastery complexes, in advance of future excavation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ground penetrating radar; archaeology; Byzantine church; monastery; UNESCO; Cyprus
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Forensic Sciences and Policing
Depositing User: William MITCHELL
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 11:52
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:03

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