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Rita Deiana is an Associate Professor of Applied Geophysics (with national scientific habilitation as Full Professor) at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua. Since 2017, she has directed the Interdepartmental Centre for Research, Study and Conservation of Archaeological, Architectural and Historical-Artistic Heritage (CIBA) at the University of Padua.
Her research interests and her scientific production, up to now, are the result of interdisciplinary collaborations in the geological, engineering and humanistic research fields, developed over the years with national and international departments and research centres, on issues mainly concerning the study of complex systems. Since 2012 her research activity has focused on geophysical prospecting in archaeology and cultural heritage, with particular attention to the analysis of historical buildings and valuable surfaces (mosaics, frescoes, stone coverings) and the study of any related phenomena of instability and degradation. In this context, she deals with the GPR data acquisition and processing, FDEM, Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), magnetic and magnetic gradient measurements, holographic radar measurements, IR thermography and multispectral imaging, starting from the field scale up to micro-scale applications.
She is the author of more than 60 publications on impact factor journals, while her contributions in conference proceedings, books and other journals consist, to date, of more than 110 titles. She is responsible for teaching Principles of Applied Geophysics and Technologies for Archaeological Research in the Bachelor Degree in Archaeology and Non-invasive Methods for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics in the Master Degree in Archaeological Sciences Department of Cultural Heritage. Tutor and co-tutor in bachelor and master theses, as in doctoral theses in History, Criticism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage. In the academic year 2020-2021, she also taught the course Geophysics for Cultural Heritage in the Master's Degree Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources at the Department of Geosciences. In the past, she has been in charge of teaching and teaching support for several courses in the Master's Degree Program in Geology and Technical Geology and the Bachelor's Degree Program in Geology, for the Department of Geosciences, where she was also a member of the Doctoral School in Earth Sciences. She is currently a member of the College of the Doctorate Course in History, Criticism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage.


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SELECTED PAPERS (2023-2020):

1.Deiana, R.; Silvestri, A.; Gianandrea, M.; Maltoni, S.; Croci, C., (2023), The Medieval Glass Mosaic of S. Agnese fuori le mura in Rome: Multispectral Imaging for Preliminary Identification of Original Tesserae. Heritage, 6 (3), pp. 2851 – 2862 doi: 10.3390/heritage6030152

2.Barone I., G. Cassiani, A. Ourabah, J. Boaga, M. Pavoni, R. Deiana, (2023), Integrating controlled-source and ambient noise seismic measures for archaeological prospection: The Scrovegni Chapel case, Geophysical Journal International, 232 (3), 1944–1956, doi:10.1093/gji/ggac432

3.Deiana R., Previato C., (2023), Geophysical Surveys for Archaeological Research in Urban Areas: The Case of the Roman Theatre in Padua, Heritage, 6 (2), pp. 946 – 956 doi: 10.3390/heritage6020052

4.Barone I., G. Cassiani, A. Ourabah, J. Boaga, M. Pavoni, R. Deiana, (2022), Surface wave tomography using dense 3D data around the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy. Scientific Reports, 12, 11806, doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-16061-1.

5.Barone I., G. Cassiani, A. Ourabah, J. Boaga, M. Pavoni, R.Deiana, 2022, Comparison and integration of active and passive 3D surface wave measures around the Scrovegni chapel, 83rd EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2022, Madrid, Vol. 4, pp. 2759 – 2763.

6.Asscher, Y., Angelini, I., Secco, M., Parisatto, M., Chaban, A., Deiana, R., Artioli, G. (2021). Mineralogical interpretation of multispectral images: The case study of the pigments in the frigidarium of the Sarno Baths, Pompeii. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 35, [102774].

7.Rossi, C.; Zoleo, A.; Bertoncello, R.; Meneghetti, M.; Deiana, R. Application of Multispectral Imaging and Portable Spectroscopic Instruments to the Analysis of an Ancient Persian Illuminated Manuscript. Sensors 2021, 21, 4998.

8.Deiana, R., Deidda, G. P., Cusí, E. D., van Dommelen, P., & Stiglitz, A. (2021). FDEM and ERT measurements for archaeological prospections at Nuraghe S'Urachi (West-Central Sardinia). Archaeological Prospection, 1– 18.

9.Cantone, V. ; Deiana, R.; Silvestri A.; Angelini, I. Obsidian and Obsidian-like Glass Tesserae:
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Study the Dedication Wall Mosaic in the Church of St. Mary
of the Admiral in Palermo (12th Century). Open Archaeology 2020, 6, 1.

10.Vacilotto, A.; Deiana, R.; Mozzi, P. Understanding Ancient Landscapes in the Venetian Plain through an Integrated Geoarchaeological and Geophysical Approach. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2973.

11.Deiana, R.; Vicenzutto, D.; Deidda, G.P.; Boaga, J.; Cupitò, M. Remote Sensing, Archaeological, and Geophysical Data to Study the Terramare Settlements: The Case Study of Fondo Paviani (Northern Italy). Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2617.

12.Deiana R. (2020) Application of Non-invasive Measurements in the Recent Studies of the Scrovegni Chapel: Results and Considerations. In: Gervasi O. et al. (eds) Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2020. ICCSA 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12255. Springer, Cham.

Research Area

- Use of geophysical prospecting in rural and urban archaeology with acquisition and processing of ground penetrating radar (GPR), frequency domain electromagnetic measurements (FDEM), electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and magnetic measurements.

- Use of non-invasive methods for the study of historic buildings, with particular attention to the analysis of valuable surfaces (mosaics, frescoes and decorative apparatuses in general) and the study of possibly related phenomena of disruption and degradation through measurements with ground penetrating radar (GPR), holographic radar (HSR), IR thermography, multispectral imaging, IR reflectography.

- Analysis and study of complex systems, with conventional and time-lapse measurements related to investigations, monitoring of natural events, controlled experiments and simulations in hydrogeology, geology and in the characterization of soils through the use of methods: ground penetrating radar (GPR), geoelectrical measurements (ERT, IP, SP), active and passive seismic methods and FDEM methods, with surface and borehole applications.