SER 02: Geophysical Documentation

Costs     € 3,953.20
Duration    3 days
Code    SER02

The so-called Serapis Temple is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman Imperial Period (27 BC to 284 AD). The tremendous dimensions of the numerous monolithic architectural parts are impressive. Most of them are still lying in situ (in place) in front of the temple, as they have collapsed due to an earthquake.

Geophysical methods are used to locate archaeological finds in the ground even at major depths. At the Serapeion, this provides archaeologists with more information about the archaeological context of the temple precinct. With the help of special measuring systems the magnetic or electrical nature of the ground is scaled. Archaeological structures (like caverns, furnaces, stone or brick walls) become visible due to their physical attributes different from the surrounding natural soil.

Subsequent to the measurement the collected data are converted into digital images. After that, the mapping photographs are analysed and interpreted by archaeologists. Based on this knowledge detailed plans of the located structures is drawn.