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Research areas

The ASIAA lab is involved in advanced research in computing applied to archaeology. Our activities are especially oriented to the study of medieval settlements and territory through the use of quantitative analyses.

Since there are not softwares especially designed for archaeologists, development of archaeological-oriented tools and utilities is one of the first aims of the laboratory. Due to this our skills are especially focused on C programming that permits a good low-level development giving the possibility of large data treatment with a very "light" code.


Spatial analysis

Quantitative tecniques are a fundamental step in the study of historical and archaeological settlements systems for their objectivity and syntesis capabilities.
The ASIAA lab is responsible for the development of S.A.U. (Spatial Analysis Utilities), an user-friendly free software for the Windows environment.


Geographical Information Systems: GIS

Nowadays Geographical Information Systems are a fundamental instrument for archaeological data storage and analysis. They can be used for territorial, excavation and survey purpouses giving archaeologists the possibility to obtain a large amount of data with high objectivity.


Information theory and AI

Currently at the ASIAA lab we're trying to apply AI and fuzzy logic methods for the study of archaeological sites patterns. In particular artificial neural networks (ANN) had been used to estimate and analyze correlation and relationships between fortified villages locations and other human settlements through different historical phases.


Databases

Databases are a fundamental tool for the storing and the analysis of artifacts, sites and digging data. Currently we are developing a web oriented database management system for the storing of archaeological data from any computer connected to the Internet.


Open source

One of our aims is to use and promote the implementation of open source softwares for archaeological research. Open software is free, code-opened and can ease development of archaeological specific tools. Presently we mostly use packages like GRASS for GIS projects and R for statistical analyses plus other softwares, especially in Unix-like environment but also on Windows platform.


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