Geographical Information Systems in Urban Archaeology and Urban Planning

A case study of a modern Greek city, built on top of an ancient city

Helene Simoni


The book focuses on the implications of discovering archaeological layers during construction works in modern cities for both urban archaeology and urban planning. The research methodology uses qualitative and quantitative data. Patras, Greece was selected as the case study. Archival research and existing unused data have contributed to the compilation of a database. G.I.S. and statistics are used to process it digitally, and to demonstrate the statistical relationship between data from urban planning and urban archaeology. This enables the prediction of the existence of antiquities and their depth by recording and processing data from five years of excavations, without considering the city’s history. The procedure highlights the importance of a city’s archaeology for its functioning and proposes the introduction of a new building regulation. This study can be used in the monitoring of construction and the investigation of the role of cultural heritage in the planning of the contemporary city.

Helene Simoni, a member of the Laboratory Teaching Staff at the University of Patras, studied History & Archaeology and undertook an MA in Landscape Studies and a PhD in Urban Planning & Heritage Management. Co-founder of the Institute of Local History, she shares her research interests between G.I.S. and oral history.

Illustrated throughout in black and white: 36 tables, 35 figures


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