Team working with Prof. Alicia Jiménez creates a new LiDAR-based map of the Roman camps near Numantia (Renieblas, Spain, 2nd – 1st c. BCE).

Monday, December 17, 2018

     Profs. J. Bermejo (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), D. Hernández (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha) and A. Jiménez (Duke) will create a new LiDAR-based map to study the walls and internal layout of the Roman camps near Numantia (Renieblas, Spain). The new map has been generously funded by the Provincial Government of Soria (Diputación de Soria).
     Part of the team traveled to the site on December 11 to begin the data collection process. This remote sensing method employs light pulses of near-infrared laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth’s surface from a drone. It allows creating highly precise, three-dimensional models of the surface of a site eliminating some of the elements that block the view in traditional aerial photography, such as vegetation.
     The only plan of all the camps available at the moment is the one drawn for A. Schulten by German topographers at the beginning of the 20th c. The plan of Renieblas Camp III, in particular, has been repeatedly reproduced in scholarly publications since the 1930s to illustrate the typical Roman camp of the 2nd c. BCE as described in Polybius’ book 6. In the next few months our team will study Schulten’s map together with our new LiDAR-based map to shed light upon a series unresolved questions about the site.