Using the limit equilibrium method for assessing slope failure conditions in an archaeological site of the 4th century B.C.

Coppola, Luigi and Rescio, Pierfrancesco and Bianca, Marcello (2010) Using the limit equilibrium method for assessing slope failure conditions in an archaeological site of the 4th century B.C. Italian journal of geosciences, 129 (2). pp. 327-334. ISSN 2038-1727

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The impact on the territory of important archaeological sites and related human activities has induced, as a rule, modifications in the local environmental system. An example is represented by the sanctuary of the goddess Mefitis in Macchia Rossano, in the territory of Vaglio Basilicata, close to the town of Potenza (southern Italy). This archaeological site has been affected by swelling in historical times that occurred in the allochthonous, chaotic, heterogeneous, and anisotropic polychrome scaly clays of the geological formation called Argille Varicolori. In such structural conditions, the collapse mechanisms of the Argille Varicolori seem to be strongly influenced by pre-failure phenomena and, therefore, the application of the limit equilibrium method does not always seem to be suitable. Nonetheless, the analysis in terms of total stress and the in situ assessment of the relationship between rainfall and fluctuations of the groundwater level by long-term monitoring have allowed to determine the amount of rainfall related to the piezometric level of collapse and, consequently, to assess the conditions of the sanctuary in the historical times when the landslides occurred

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Abstract anche in italiano
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lucania region, southern Apennines, geoarchaelogy, landslides
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 550 Scienze della Terra > 551 Geologia, Idrologia, Meteorologia > 551.3 Processi superficiali ed esogeni e loro agenti (Classificare qui la Sedimentologia come studio dei processi superficiali) (Classificare le opere d'insieme sulla Sedimentologia in 552.5) > 551.307 Movimento della massa (frana in massa) (Include le colate di fango, il crollo di massi, gli scollamenti, le valanghe, la subsidenza) (Classificare qui l'azione dell'acqua nel movimento della massa, le frane gli slittamenti)
900 Storia, Geografia e discipline ausiliarie > 930 Storia dei mondo antico fino al 499 ca. > 937 Archeologia – Penisola italiana e Territori limitrofi (per Archeologia medievale - Italia, vedi 945.01) > 937.02 Periodo della repubblica, 510-31 a.C.
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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2012 15:54
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