Archaeology Seismic Case Study

Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy

Working in conjunction with experts in cultural heritage and geophysics from the Municipality of Padua and the interdepartmental research center CIBA of the University of Padua - 1500 STRYDE Nodes™ were deployed in November 2020 to record unprecedented passive and active seismic around the 14th Century Scrovegni Chapel.

The unique Chapel, housing the universally known frescoes by Giotto, is built on the ruins of an ancient Roman Amphitheatre making the site a very sensitive area where seismic activity has to be kept to a bare minimum. The lightweight and easily deployed STRYDE Node™ was the ideal solution to acquire ‘near zero’ footprint seismic around the ancient structures.

Survey Parameters

38 receiver lines in total (18 inside the amphitheatre, 20 outside). Nodes spacing was 1.5m inside the amphitheatre and 1m outside the arena.

STRYDE Node Deployment

Our autonomous STRYDE Nodes™ are capable of recording continuously for 28 days and were used for 24-hour recording around the Chapel.

Archaeology study at scrovegni chapel Nov 2020 with STRYDE

Acquired Data

The data collected (passive seismic noise plus vibrations induced from a weight drop assembly) will provide new geotechnical insights on the nature and complexity of the area; adding to the archaeological and historical understanding of both monuments.

If you have a research project or cultural site where you require delicate and sensitive subsurface understanding, please get in touch with STRYDE today – we would love to work with you on your research and field operations.