The project is organised through Work Packages (WP) and Project Deliverables (PD).
The project launches with an initial preparation phase (WP1) in which a common survey control network is established for the Eastern Caelian (PD4). During this phase database systems to be used by the project will be harmonised (PD1, PD2), staff hired and inducted in their use and the SCIEDOC database will be adapted (PD3). WP1 also incorporates two workshops, one in Newcastle and one in Rome to foster discussion about the project's methodology, harmonise working practices and finalise a schedule for data capture in WP2.
WP2 focusses on Data Capture for the project in its four strands:
- archival research (PD5)
- architectural analysis – which crucially involves the investigation and digital modelling of both standing remains and the complex exposed archaeological sites (scavi) which remain accessible to specialists beneath Rome’ streets (PD 6)
- geophysical survey, primarily through ground penetrating radar, but also through electronic resistance tomography, and shallow resistivity survey, will characterise both the natural topography and sub-surface structural remains (PD 7)
- environmental analysis of both bore hole data, legacy data from other excavations, and column samples from within exposed scavi (PD8)
WP2 will also include the first programme conference (PD9), bringing the programme team together with invited specialists to review the effectiveness of the project methodology in the context of new data.
Bringing these strands together in the analysis of the nine study areas will be the focus of Work Package 3 (WP3). In addition to generating site reports (Project Reports 1), WP3 will consist of three project deliverables:
- Three Tier Visualizations (PD10) and
- Provocations (PD11) of selected areas and monuments, integrating relevant data from WP2
- Workshop 4 (PD12)
With this phase of analysis complete, WP4 will allow for the focussed study of the three thematic strands political, military and religious (PD17) across the Eastern Caelian. Together with three PhD projects (PD 13, 14, and 15), exploring different aspects of the evolving landscape and economy of the research area, these thematic studies will feed into the project’s second major project conference (PD16), which will itself provide an invaluable background to the final phase of analysis, WP5.
The final phase (WP5) will bring together the different research strands, preparing a new series of provocations which digitally model, the different ways in which political, religious and military activity, played out across the entire research area (RA), and will culminate in a major monograph dedicated to the project (PD19) and an exhibition for the European Heritage Day (PD18).
Ian Haynes, Thea Ravasi