Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica e Applicata
OGS Website BGTA homepage
About the Journal
Contacts
To Authors
On-line Submission
Subscriptions
Forthcoming
On-line First
The Historical First Issue
Issues

2017 Vol. 58
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2016 Vol. 57
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / Suppl. 1

2015 Vol. 56
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2014 Vol. 55
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2013 Vol. 54
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / Suppl. 2 / Suppl.1

2012 Vol. 53
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2011 Vol. 52
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / Suppl. 1

2010 Vol. 51
1 / 2-3 / 4 / Suppl. 1

2009 Vol. 50
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2008 Vol. 49
1 / 2 / 3-4 / Suppl. 2

2007 Vol. 48
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2006 Vol. 47
1-2 / 3 / 4

2005 Vol. 46
1 / 2-3 / 4

2004 Vol. 45
1-2 / 3 / 4 / Suppl. 1 / Suppl. 2

2003 Vol. 44
1 / 2 / 3-4

2002 Vol. 43
1-2 / 3-4

2001 Vol. 42
1-2 / 3-4

2000 Vol. 41
1 / 2 / 3-4

1999 Vol. 40
1 / 2 / 3-4

1998 Vol. 39
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

1997 Vol. 38
1-2 / 3-4

1995 Vol. 37
145 / 146 / 147 / 148 / Suppl. 1

1994 Vol. 36
141-144 / Suppl. 1

1993 Vol. 35
137-138 / 139 / 140

1992 Vol. 34
133 / 134-135 / 136

1991 Vol. 33
129 / 130-131 / 132

 
 

Vol. 58, n.4, December 2017
pp. 431-444

GPR investigation to map the subsoil of the St. John Lateran Basilica (Rome, Italy)

S. Piro, I. Haynes, P. Liverani and D. Zamuner

Received: March 21, 2017; accepted: July 5, 2017

Abstract

The St. John Lateran Basilica is the Pope’s Cathedral and the first public building constructed for Christian worship. The complex has been the focus of sundry excavations since the 1730s. These have revealed traces of the earliest phases of the building, along with parts of the Castra Nova of the Imperial Horseguard, a bath complex and palatial housing. Interpretation of these excavations is, however, difficult; and most of them are either undocumented or only partially recorded. The geophysical prospection is generally considered as the attempt to locate structures of archaeological interest buried in the natural subsoil, but in many cases, when applied in urban centres, this attempt could fail due to the effect and disturbances caused by recent man-made structures in the subsoil, covering any signal related to possible archaeological structures. In the present paper the ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys carried out in the urban archaeological site of St. John Lateran Basilica, in Rome, characterised by different targets and environmental conditions, are presented and discussed. This site is characterized by artificial medium as road pavement, outside the basilica, and ancient buildings, below the current basilica. The paper illustrates the ground penetrating radar GPR surveys and the obtained results.

Download PDF complete



back to table of contents