The Reconstruction of Archaeological Contexts: A Dialectical Relationship Between Historical-Aesthetic Values and Principles of Architecture

  • Francesco GabelloneEmail author
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 16)


The role of the virtual archaeology specialist is closely connected to the dialectic relationship between classical studies and the possibilities offered by these tools for three-dimensional (3D) modeling and simulation. Only through constant checks in 3D of the technical and construction, dimensional, and spatial aspects is it possible to validate the hypotheses that are formed from the philological study of the sources, archaeological data, and contemporary parallels. Through the presentation of some case studies, this chapter presents reflections on possible methodological approaches related to the problem of the reconstruction of archaeological context, from problems related to the transparency of information to the typological reconstruction or to reconstruction in the absence of sufficient data. Virtual archaeology is a promising sector in which to believe and invest, not only for those outcomes economically foreseen in terms of the capitalization of cultural assets, but also for the many expectations related to employment and the potential to use new, specialized figures. The archaeologist’s and historian’s contribution is decisive for being able to guarantee a certain scientific rigor for a virtual archaeology product, but also of contributions by sciences quite remote from the humanities, such as chemistry, physics, geology, and medicine, all disciplines that can find fertile connective tissue in this growing sector.


Virtual archaeology 3D modeling Virtual reconstruction Building principles 



We express our sincere thanks to Francesco Giuri and Ivan Ferrari from IBAM ITLab for having believed in the potential of this project and for their great 3D work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR – IBAM (Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)LecceItaly

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