The research programme
The main reason for undertaking this study was not only the need to reconstruct the civil settlement pattern around the fort but also the urge to protect and preserve its remains, which are subjected to destruction by intense agricultural activities and systematic illegal treasure hunting.
The general idea for the non-invasive research in Novae is to investigate the landscape using an integrated scientific approach. During the three-year project an integrated survey in the area around the camp, using geophysical methods, aerial prospection and intensive field survey with the aid of metal detectors will be carried out. Complementary data will come from laboratory analysis of palynological remains and catalogue finds connected with civil settlement.
The wide range of applied scientific approaches work in a complementary way. All survey data is being uploaded into an open-source Geographic Information System (GIS). It combines all newly acquired data with archaeological and architectonic plans of the fort and all of it structures that had been excavated during last 60 years of research in Novae.
A landscape approach based on the complementary use of remote-sensing techniques gives a clearer and more reliable look at archaeological patterns and features than based solely on surface finds. This take on archaeological research enables important information to be captured, such as relationships between settlements, topography and the geological setting.