Topographical analysis of the territory by field survey, check on site and revision of previous
data and pertinent documentation (bibliography, archives, information in loco, etc.), examination and
analysis of historical and recent aerial photographs from different archives, monitorig flights on risk
areas. Aim: historical sight of territory to create a standard format for legal protection of cultural
heritage remains, need of knowledge for the establishment of a global Cultural Heritage Cadastre
connected to studies for legal protection and enjoyment of great interest sites; not last the correct territory planning.
C.N.R. and University of Salento have realized a Geographical Information System for heritage management of the national territory (landscape) and historical urban settlements. Informations come from bibliography, archives, direct and systematic field survey, different kind of aerial photographs analysis, with the primary aim of knowledge for the establishment of an in existence Cultural Heritage Cadastre, focused to legal protection and exploitation of the sites, not last the correct territory planning.
The study on the <i>Caere</i> territory has been realized by examination of the first historical aerial photographs (1929-1930) of this area, geographical positioning and mosaic, identify and draw all the archaeological cropmarks and remains. A 3D of the ancient environmental territory has been even realized. The study will develope adding to its wealth of unknown data, those from R.A.F., fifthies-sixthies and more recent aerial photos.
The study presented for the session "Remote sensing for archaeology, cultural, natural heritage and Geospatial Infrastructure" concern a large part of the territory between L'Aquila and Capestrano, in Abruzzo (central Italy, close to Gran Sasso Mountain). It has been interested a territory strip including the initial well known route of Tratturo Regio, an ancient pastoral passage of transhumance from high rough grazing of Abruzzo to the largest plains of northern Puglia (Tavoliere). This area has a particularly well preserved environment, very rich in archaeological remains for any chronological period.
The study has been realized by direct survey, going through documents in different archives, examination of historical and modern aerial photograph. The outcome of research is a view of ancient occupation of the area, from prehistorical to medieval period. Through the analisys (or reading) of historical and present photos have been identified and localized (geographical positioning) a large amount of cropmarks concerning new sites at most (settlements, necropolis, roads, single structures, etc.).