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Methodology for the application of radar and seismic techniques in investigating byzantine monuments bearing mural mosaics. The cases of the Katholikon of Dafni Monastery and the Katholikon of Hosios Loukas Monastery



Title: Methodology for the application of radar and seismic techniques in investigating byzantine monuments bearing mural mosaics. The cases of the Katholikon of Dafni Monastery and the Katholikon of Hosios Loukas Monastery
Author(s): A.E. Miltiadou - Fezans, P. Côte, X. Dérobert, O.J. Durand, J. Alexandre, A.I. Kalagri, M.I. Savvidou, N.P. Delinikolas, D.C. Chryssopoulos, F.D. Georganis
Paper category : conference
Book title: RILEM Symposium on On Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures - SACoMaTiS 2008
Editor(s): L. Binda, M. di Prisco, R. Felicetti
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-061-5
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-075-2
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2008
Pages: 747 - 756
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 15
Language: English


Abstract: Dafni Monastery in Attica and Hosios Loukas Monastery in Boeotie, both already inscribed in the World Heritage List, are very important monuments of the middle-Byzantine period, bearing mural mosaics of excellent art. Several studies have been conducted in order to collect all relevant data regarding the internal masonry structure, as well as the structure of the mosaics substrata, by applying NDT, such as Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Seismic Techniques.
In some of the examined areas, these techniques were used both before and after grouting.
Based on the experience acquired from the investigations performed at the Katholikon of Dafni Monastery, a series of similar measurements are now taking place in the Katholikon of Hosios Loukas. In both cases, the results of NDT tests are examined in conjunction with the relevant historical information regarding past interventions and the manual sonic classification conducted by the competent conservators. This combined survey proved to be a very useful tool for a profound evaluation of the mosaic’s substrata, as well as for the calibration of the GPR method developed for this kind of applications. The adopted methodology and some indicative results are presented and commented upon in this paper.


Online publication: 2009-05-26
Publication type : full_text
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