Benvenuti in queste pagine dedicate all'archeologia. Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A snake

The image, obtained from Google Maps, shows the network of earthworks separated by canals - near the Titicaca Lake. This is an ancient agricultural technique used by Andean people starting from the first millennium BC.

More on Titicaca

arXiv:1009.4602 [pdf] Geoglyphs of Titicaca as an ancient example of graphic design,
arXiv:1009.2231 [pdf] Symbolic landforms created by ancient earthworks near Lake Titicaca, Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

A.C. Sparavigna (2012) 
Image Processing for the Enhancement of Satellite Imagery. In: Image Processing: Methods, Applications and Challenges / Vítor Hugo Carvalho. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (USA), pp. 149-161. ISBN 9781620818442 

A.C. Sparavigna, R. Marazzato (2011)
Using Geographic Information Systems to Increment the Knowledge of Cultural Landscapes. In: Smart Tech & Smart Innovation, La strada per costruire il futuro, Torino, 15-17 Novembre 2011. 

A.C. Sparavigna (2010)
The geoglyphs of Titicaca. In: ARCHAEOGATE n. 13-10-. - ISSN 1973-2953 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Pantheon as an astronomic instrument

Fiorenzo Laurelli (Twitter) published some interesting images on the sun in the Roman Pantheon.
In occasion of the Equinox he shows the light of the sun falling in this amazing temple. He is also providing an interesting reference of this subject: Il Pantheon come strumento astronomico, Fausto Masi, International EILES, 1996 .
 Let us remember that the Pantheon is a building made of concrete. For more information on ancient concrete, see please my paper at the link http://www.ijsciences.com/pub/article/412

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Faience: the ceramic technology of ancient Egypt

Faience: the ceramic technology of ancient Egypt - by Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Archaeogate, 12-02-2012 ,

The term "faience" is commonly referred to a glazed earthenware, the use of which spread in Europe during the Renaissance from France and Italy [1]. The term was derived from Faenza, the town in Italy, where the glazed earthenware was mainly produced. The other name often used for this earthenware is "majolica". Majolica itself had a long tradition in the North African and Near East Islamic production of ceramic. In the 19th century, European archaeologists used the misleading name of "Egyptian faience" to designate the siliceous ceramics produced in the ancient Egypt. The ancient faience was a completely different material created to imitate the gloss and colour of gems and precious stones. This material started to be used in jewellery in Egypt and the Near East, about the fourth millennium BC [2], that is, during the predynastic age.

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At the Egyptian Museum, Torino