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Giovanni Svevo


"To know nothing of what happened before you were born,

is to remain forever a child"


Summary 📃

I'm a Master's student in the department of Geography at Oregon State University. My background is in Classical Archaeology and Latin Epigraphy. In the last few years I specialized in the application of technology and computer programs to field and landscape archeology. I use photogrammetry (Structure from Motion), GPS/GNSS measurements and GIS applications to produce extremely detailed and precise documentation of archeological activities, from intra-site (a single layer of an excavation) to inter-site level (complex archaeological/topographical map of a region).

Recent Work Experience 👷


Principal researcher in the project “Nova Forma Urbis Romae: Mapping the Fondo Rodolfo Lanciani collection”, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Digital Resources Grant Program, 2015-2017


Co-founder and Technical Director of Actus srl, company providing archaeological and topographical mapping services. Main responsibilities:

  • Scientific direction and execution of archaeological excavations and stratigraphic analysis

  • Creation of GIS platform to display archival, bibliographic, and cartographic data in processes of preventive archaeology for the execution of public works

  • Topographical mapping with GPS-GNSS satellite and TPS technology

Selected projects
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Preventive Archaeology for a planned new highway connecting Rome to Viterbo, 2015-2017. Storymap.
Scientific documentation on two excavations of medieval churches directed by the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana, 2014-2017.
Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Rieti, 2014-2015.

Education 🏫

University of Rome 'La Sapienza' - Bachelor’s degree in archaeology, 2002

University of Rome 'La Sapienza' - Diploma di Specializzazione in classical archaeology, 2007

LUISS Business School, Rome - Master’s in Preventive Archaeology and Archaeological Risk Management, 2012