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Multiscale magnetic modelling in the ancient abbey of San Pietro in Crapolla 

Luigi Bianco, Maurizio Fedi, and Mauro La Manna
Luigi Bianco et al.

We present a multiscale analysis of magnetic data in the archaeological site of San Pietro in Crapolla (Massa Lubrense, near Naples, Italy). The site consists of the ruins of an ancient abbey. We computed the Wavelet Transform of the Gradiometric measurements and decomposed the data at different scales and positions by a multiresolution analysis, allowing an effective extraction of local anomalies. Modelling of the filtered anomalies was performed by multiscale methods known as “Multiridge analysis” and “DEpth from eXtreme Points (DEXP)”.  The first method analyses a multiscale dataset at the zeroes of the first horizontal and vertical derivatives besides the potential field data themselves (ridges).  The Wavelet Transform Modulus Maxima  lines converged to buried remains. The field, scaled by a power law of the altitude (DEXP transformation) allowed estimates of source depths at its extreme points. The depth estimations for the buried structures obtained from the two methods are very close each other and fairly agree with those from the modelling of GPR anomalies. On the basis of these results, an archaeological excavation followed our indications and brought to light ancient walls.

How to cite: Bianco, L., Fedi, M., and La Manna, M.: Multiscale magnetic modelling in the ancient abbey of San Pietro in Crapolla , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-15127,, 2023.