Workshop: The city below the city-archaeological and geophysical data to meet a major heritage management challenge

The UMR Archéorient (CNRS, University of Lyon 2), in collaboration with the PROSPECT International Thematic Network are excited to announce the upcoming scientific Workshop on Archaeological Prospection in Urban Environments, scheduled for April 3-4, 2024.

Focused on the interdisciplinary fields of archaeological prospection and heritage management in urban settings, this event promises to be an enriching and informative experience for researchers in archaeology and geophysics, urban archaeological heritage managers and archaeological prospection practitioners alike.

Event details


3-4 April 2024


Hybrid: Live workshop with webcast

Target audience

  • archaeological and geophysical researchers
  • urban heritage managers
  • archaeological prospection practioners




Wednesday 3rd April 2024

9:00 Welcome coffee and reception of the participants
9:30 Workshop Introduction

Session 1: Archaeological Prospection and Data Management in Urban Environments

9:45 M.-L. Bassi (Directrice du patrimoine historique, UMR 6298 Artehis), Thomas Chenal (UMR 6298 Artehis) Besançon, a case of archaeological data management by its preventive archeology service
10:15 P. Belford (Heritage Innovation) Urban archaeology, data management and public heritage. some UK perspectives
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 J. Bouwmeester (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands) Modelling urban archaeology. Mapping expectations and disturbances in urban context in the Netherlands.
11:45 E. Hofmann, H. Tronchère-Cottet, E. Leroy (Service Archéologique de la Ville de Lyon) ALyAS (Archéologie Lyonnaise et Analyse Spatiale), a GIS for managing (geo)archaeological data for the city of Lyon.
12:15 M. Serlorenzi, A. D’Andrea, R. Montalbano, C. Rosa, P. Rosati, D. Sepio (Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia) SITAR: a new approach for geomorphological reconstruction of ancient Rome through massive geoarchaeological data assessment
12:45-14:00 Lunch Break



Session 2: Case Studies of Archaeological Prospection using Geophysical Approaches in Urban Environments

14:00 D. de Ruijsscher, W. De Clercq (Ghent University) Combining geophysical data, invasive methods and archival research in reconstructing historic town topography. Some case-studies in the Belgian Zwin region (Belgium, The Netherlands)
14:30 J. Creighton (University of Reading), L. Verdonck (University of Cambridge), M. Milett (University of Cambridge) Reconstructing Roman York beneath the streets: legacy data and first GPR prospection results
15:00 B. Fores, G. Hulin et F.-X. Simon(INRAP) Urban Archaeological Prospection in Preventive Archaeology: Lessons and Prospects from Case Studies at INRAP
15.30 Coffee break
16:00 S. Kay (British School of Rome), S. Piro (Institute of Heritage Science-CNR), G. Morelli (Geostudi Astier), E. Pomar (British School of Rome) Urban investigations in the heart of the empire: Archaeological prospection in the Rome Transformed Project
16:30 M. Dabas (CNRS, AOROC), A. Tabbagh (Sorbonne université, METIS), S. Flageul (Sorbonne université, METIS), C. Schamper (Sorbonne université, METIS) Electrostatic surveys for archaeological prospection in urban environments: a review of 30 years of case studies
17:00-17:45 General Discussion

Thursday 4th April 2024

Session 3: Innovations in Geophysical Prospection of Urban Environments

9:00 S. Flageul (Sorbonne université, METIS), C. Schamper (Sorbonne université, METIS), M. Dabas (CNRS, AOROC), A. Tabbagh (Sorbonne université, METIS) Electrostatic surveys: principles and latest developments
9:30 L. Verdonck (University of Cambridge), J. Creighton (University of Reading), M. Millett (University of Cambridge) Recent trends and innovations in ground penetrating radar survey for urban environments
10:00 N. Papadopoulos, D. Oikonmou (Institute for Mediterranean Studies) Advancements and Innovations of electrical resistivity tomography in urbanized environments
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 D. Boddice (University of Birmingham) Introducing cold atom gravity gradiometry: modelling its potential for urban archaeological prospection
11:30 T. Avgitas (IN2P3), C. Benech (CNRS, Archéorient), L. Brissaud, J.-C. Ianigro (IN2P3), Jacques Marteau (IN2P3), Benoit Tauzin (UCB LYON1) The novel use of muons for subsurface investigations
12:00 L. Bodet (Sorbonne Université, METIS), Q. Vitale(Éveha International, Archeorient)J. Cunha Teixeira (Sorbonne Université, METIS), A. Burzawa (Sorbonne Université, METIS), J. Thiesson (Sorbonne Université, METIS), M. Fondrillon (Service archéologique de Bourges Plus, CITERES), C. Benech (CNRS, Archéorient)
Surface wave seismics in urban prospection: seeking robust results in noisy environments
12:30 B. Tauzin (Université Lyon 1, LGL-TPE), J. Rodet (Université Lyon 1, LGL-TPE), S. Durand (Université Lyon 1, LGL-TPE), J. Marteau (Université Lyon 1, IN2P3), T. Avgitas (Université Lyon 1, IN2P3) Seismic survey with optic fiber: potential benefits in urban prospection
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break


In-person practical training workshop: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data processing

14:30-18:00 T. Wunderlich (Kiel University) This (in-person) training workshop will demonstrate and teach the use of MultichannelGPR – A New MATLAB-Tool for the Processing of GPR Data.

Further info on the software in this publication. The code can be downloaded from GitHub here.

Basic knowledge of GPR data processing is advised.

While a Matlab installation is required on your personal computer (free trial here), no Matlab programming knowledge is necessary for this workshop.

Please note that registration is for this in-person training session on a first-registered, first-served basis, as spaces are limited to 25.

We encourage prompt registration to secure your spot.

For those attending the workshop in person but unable to secure a spot in the training session, there will be an opportunity for a guided site visit (no registration required).

Further information


Museum and archaeological site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal (Vienne, France)




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