The Western Ηills of Athens
May 7, 2017

Historical Cartography

Combination of satellite and aerial imagery, cadastral and historical map for the centre of Athens.

The study of ancient topography can benefit from the use of historical maps and other sources of archival documents (such as drawings, aerial photographs and artistic illustrations) to gain important information about temporal changes in landscape.

The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows the correlation of contemporary and historical cartographic representations to match areas of interest, locate archaeological remains that have been damaged or lost and study landscape features covered by modern urbanisation (e.g. river banks).

In the case of Athens, we have focused on georeferencing different early maps of the city, such as those drawn by Kaupert (1875), Kleanthis and Schaubert (1831-1832), and Fauvel (1787), and on enriching these cartographic backgrounds with archival aerial imagery and past cadastral maps for the city centre produced by the proper Public Services (Greek Army Service/City Planning Commission).