Visualising Space and Movement: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Palace of Diocletian, Split

  • Vincent L. GaffneyEmail author
  • Gareth Sears
  • Chris Gaffney
  • Armin Schmidt
  • H. Goodchild
  • M. Lobb
  • T. Sparrow
  • D. Tomcik
  • Branko Kirigin
  • Ante Milosević
  • Vedran Barabrić
Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)


The Palace of Diocletian, now the old town of Split, is one of the most important structures for the study of late Roman palaces, imperial ceremonial and urban change in late antiquity. At the heart of this palatial complex is the Mausoleum of Diocletian/Split Cathedral; a transformation which neatly encapsulates the transition from imperial residence to late antique and medieval town. Emerging from work undertaken by the Central Dalmatian Archaeological Project in 2009, this chapter will demonstrate how 3D spatial models can be integrated with subsurface exploration technologies in order to better understand the relationships between standing and subsurface remains at Split through the production of a 3D model. It will then use the integrated results from the 3D laser scanning of the Mausoleum and its surroundings and GPR in the Peristyle of the Palace to make suggestions about the nature of that space and how it might have changed over time.


Croatia Split Diocletian Late antiquity Ground penetrating radar 3D laser scanning 



We would like to thank IBM for funding the project and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for permission to use their Pulse Ekko Pro radar (Loan No. 878) and for providing support whilst we were in the field. We would also like to thank the Centre Studia Mediterranea, University of Split, and the Service for the Old City Core, Commune of Split, in particular Dr Goran Nikšić, for their invaluable aid in bringing the project to a successful conclusion. Finally we would like to thank Mr Henry Buglass for producing the drawings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent L. Gaffney
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gareth Sears
    • 3
  • Chris Gaffney
    • 4
  • Armin Schmidt
    • 4
  • H. Goodchild
    • 5
  • M. Lobb
    • 6
  • T. Sparrow
    • 4
  • D. Tomcik
    • 7
  • Branko Kirigin
    • 8
  • Ante Milosević
    • 9
  • Vedran Barabrić
    • 10
  1. 1.IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre, Digital Humanities HubThe University of BirminghamEdgbastonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Creative Content and Digital InnovationUniversiti of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, IBM Visual and Spatial Technology CentreUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  4. 4.Archaeological Sciences University of BradfordBradfordUK
  5. 5.Department of ArchaeologyThe University of YorkYorkUK
  6. 6.The Department of GeographyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  7. 7.The Institute of New Technologies and Applied Informatics in the Technical University of LiberecLiberecSlovakia
  8. 8.Centre Studia Mediterranea, Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of SplitSplitCroatia
  9. 9.Museum of Croatian Archaeological MonumentsSplitCroatia
  10. 10.Faculty of Philosophy, Art History DepartmentUniversity of SplitSplitCroatia

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