GPR helped to recreate a complete map of a lost ancient Roman city

An international group of archaeologists using GPR managed to draw up the first detailed map of an entire ancient city. The object of research was the settlement "Falerii Novi" 50 km from Rome, founded in 241 BC. and existed up to 700 AD. An interesting fact - it was the data from the georadar that confirmed that at some point after the decline of the Roman Empire, the city was literally dismantled by stone, which is why modern scientists could not understand what and where it was located.

The GPR rendered tremendous assistance to archaeologists, although it was simply dragged after the ATV, sequentially driving across all 30.5 hectares of the city's area. More than 72 million scanning sessions were carried out, about 4.5 GB of data per hectare was collected, processing each package will take at least 20 hours of manual labor. In the meantime, a complete map of all large objects has been created, and scientists have already found a temple, a market, a bath complex and two mysterious structures.

The most interesting building was the building to the west of the north gate. It has dimensions of 90x40 m and, probably, had a considerable height, since three of its walls were covered passages, and instead of the fourth there was an empty space facing the city center. There were several massive objects inside the structure - probably monuments. And it itself could be both a place of city meetings and a recreation area.

Next to the baths, there was a building where many pipes from the city aqueduct were fed. They did not intersect with the water supply in the houses, but were arranged in parallel, that is, the water was purposefully supplied to some important place. Most likely, it was an open public pool "natatio" - more precisely, it will be possible to say after processing all the collected data.