The GPR helped to recreate a full map of the lost Roman city

An international team of archaeologists using ground penetrating radar was able to compile the first detailed map of the whole ancient city. The object of research was the settlement of “Falerii Novi” in 50 km from Rome, founded in 241 BC and existed until 700 ad Interesting fact – namely, data from ground-penetrating radar confirmed that at some point after the fall of the Roman Empire, the city was literally dismantled stone by stone, which modern scholars could not understand what and where it was located.

The GPR was of great assistance to archaeologists, although it just dragged behind the ATV, consistently passing on all of 30.5 hectares of the city area. Has conducted more than 72 million scans, collected around 4.5 GB of data per hectare, the processing of each package is not less than 20 hours of manual labor. Meanwhile, established a complete map of all large objects, and scientists have found a temple, a market, a bath complex and two mysterious structures.

The most interesting building to the West of the North gate. It has dimensions 90х40 m and probably had a considerable altitude, as three walls were covered passages, and instead the fourth was addressed to the town centre empty space. Inside the building stood a few massive objects – probably monuments. And it could be a place of town meetings and a relaxation area.

Near the baths there was a building which was fed a plurality of tubes from the municipal aqueduct. They had no intersection with the plumbing in houses, and were arranged in parallel, that is, water is deliberately applied to some important place. Most likely, it was an outdoor public pool “natatio” or rather you can say after processing all the data collected.

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