Smart Archaeology: Uncovering Secrets beneath the Surface

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The ancient city of Vulci, north of Rome, is now a vast archaeological site that remains little understood. A Bass Connections project has been revealing buried structures while showcasing the future of excavating the past. Instead of traditional methods, the project combines data from a range of noninvasive technologies—including rover-robots, magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar, drones, virtual reality and even a “smart trowel” equipped with multiple sensors. This approach creates a new model for studying and interpreting ancient cities.


Team Leaders

Duke: Maurizio Forte, David Zielinski; NC State: Todd Berreth

Ph.D. Students

Duke: Tyler Johnson, Katherine McCusker, Antonio LoPiano

Undergraduate Students

Duke: Achilles Dabrowski, Anna Gotskind, Himanshu Jain, Aaron Paskin, Alex Xu, Gary Zheng; UNC: Olivia Zitkus

This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1-hour parking vouchers to guests.

Contact: Meredith Watkins (

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Students and faculty at Vulci.

John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies