The ‘Prothego’ initiative is a project which will enable scientists to study data from radar satellites to map ground movements threatening historic places.
Choirokoitia, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and was occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean.
Its remains and the finds from the excavations there have thrown much light on the evolution of human society in this key region. Since only part of the site has been excavated, it forms an exceptional archaeological reserve for future study.
Prothego – PROTection of European cultural HEritage from GeO-hazards- will now use radar interferometry and other remote sensing techniques, combined with additional geological information, to look at what has been occurring at WHL sites across Europe. The Cyprus University of Technology will partner Prothego in the study.
Choirokoitia, is amongst four sites; the historic centre of Rome, Alhambra palace and fortress in Spain and the Derwent Valley comples in Britain.
One of the study leaders, Dr Francesca Cigna, from the Nerc British Geological Survey told BBC News that at the end of the project, they want to have a guidebook or atlas for UNESCO which shows them how to look at ‘radar interferometry’ (overlaying series of radar images taken through time to reveal ground movement) in order to continually assess these historical sites.
Photos from UNESCO