A Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey of the Florentine Abbey – the Badia Fiorentina (Italy) – as Part of the Search for the Family Tomb of Leonardo da Vinci

DOI: 10.14673/HE201631020

Published in Human Evolution – Vol. 31 – n.1-2 – 2016

Key words: Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), Badia Fiorentina, geophysical prospection, Da Vinci family tomb.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is one of the most frequently used methods for investigating the first section below ground, and is therefore considered a vital tool for archaeological investigations and studies. The purpose of the GPR survey carried out at the Badia Fiorentina, where historical documents indicate the presence of the family tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, was to identify electromagnetic anomalies indicative of tombs.
GPR data acquisition was carried out in two areas of the abbey: one in correspondence with the central and lateral aisles; and the other inside the chapel of St. Mauro.  A mono-static GPR system, RIS_MF_HiMod (I.D.S. S.p.A), was used with a dual frequency antenna (200-600 MHz). After completing the survey, the data was processed and noise components were effectively removed.
Through our interpretation of the data it transpired that there were several areas with electromagnetic anomalies considered to be of interest for further archaeological investigations – five in the main portion of the abbey and three in the chapel of St Mauro.

Minucci, S.
Centro di GeoTecnologie (CGT),
University of Siena, Via Vetri Vecchi 34,
52027 San Giovanni Valdarno,
Arezzo, Italy.
E-mail: serenaminucci@gmail.com; tommaso.colonna@gmail.com