Mapping the Via Appia
Mapping the Via Appia project
The Via Appia, ‘Queen of Roads’, became a hallmark of the political and cultural presentation of the city of Rome as the centre of the then existing world, and is still seen as an iconic monument of ancient Rome. Since 2009 the department of Classical Archaeology of the Radboud University Nijmegen has started a field work project in close collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, named ‘Mapping the Via Appia’. The project aims at a thorough inventory and analysis of the Roman interventions in their suburban landscape, focusing on parts of the 5th and 6th mile of the road. The stretch starts where the modern Via di Erode Attico crosses the Via Appia antica and ends at the point where the Via di Casal Rotondo crosses the ancient road. Other partners are the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and the SPINlab of the VU University Amsterdam, and the Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Roma.
(source: official project website)
3D GIS and VISUALISATION
The project makes large use of 3D GIS data to produce, both, a record of the present state of the place and an hypothetical restoration based on archaeological data. Previews and simulations of the 3D models are available on the project website along with a discussion of the workflow and the software used. Digital tools and code developed within that framework are available on the project's GitHub.