Water Traces between Mediterranean and Caspian Seas before 1000 AD: From Resource to Storage

Project acronym: WaterTraces

Topics: water resources in the Mediterranean area, innovative environmental sciences

Disciplinary fields: environmental sciences, societies, cultures and exchanges, archeology

Summary: Recent research on the management of water in past societies has highlighted the weakness of certain fields of geoarchaeological research, and particularly at the interface between environmental and architectural sciences.  The project intends to study the functioning of water resources in the Mediterranean and its surrounding areas, as Caspian Sea, and the strategies adopted by the local human societies to adapt or control them. An integrated approach will be used by combining traditional methods of the historian and archaeologist (examination of archives and ancient documents, diverse explorations, excavations) and innovative environmental sciences and engineering methods (aerophotogrammetry, geophysical explorations, coring and sedimentological and palynological analysis). The Water Traces project wants to focus on the processes of leaks that reduce water supply (visible by the calcareous concretions) and seismic risks, which have often weakened facilities. Three lines of research will be considered using case studies, representative of specific spatial-temporal areas and carried out in partnership with French and foreign teams specialized in this type of approach. The results will be integrated into the ArkeoGis platform of the HumaNum TGIR adapted to receive these data and the digital DiSArch, Digital Specialist Service for Archaeology, being created at the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme. The goal is to form a Mediterranean reference centre.

Project Interlocutor: Sophie Bouffier, Centre Camille Julian (UMR 7299)

Project duration:  03/15/2018 – 03/14/2021

Call for application: Interdisciplinarité 2016

­Photography credits: Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash


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