Analysis of the Archaeological Potential of Venetian Church Floors
The purpose of this project was to identify churches in Venice that present the greatest archaeological opportunity and present our findings to our sponsor Luigi Fozzati and the Soprintendenza all’ Archeologia. We conducted a condition assessment on the church floors and catalogued the inscriptions on the artifacts in 26 churches in the sestieri of Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, and Dorsoduro. We created GIS map layers using the program MapInfo to map the locations of artifacts and display floor conditions and heights. This information was used to speculate as to the causes to floor damage. Our group also created a comprehensive, coherent, and maintainable database to archive the information. Finally, we extracted historical information in an effort to preserve the historical record that is contained within the churches of Venice.