Integrating Legacy Data into a New Method for Studying Architecture: A case study from Isthmia, Greece

Steven J.R. Ellis [1], Timothy E. Gregory [2], Eric E. Poehler [3], Kevin R. Cole [4]

[1] Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210226, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0226 USA Email:
[2] Department of History, The Ohio State University, 338 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 USA Email:
[3] Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, 212 Machmer Hall, Amherst, MA 01003 USA Email:
[4] Linder Center for Art History, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, Fayerweather Hall, P.O. Box 400130 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130 USA Email:


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This article outlines a new methodology developed to disentangle the hitherto incomprehensible maze of poorly preserved architecture at the Archaic through late Roman period Panhellenic sanctuary at Isthmia, Greece, into clearly defined buildings with their relative construction phases. The methodology combines on-site architectural analyses with the digitisation and reintegration of the site's legacy data within a GIS. The results of this study, still in its preliminary stages, reveal an area east of the Temple of Poseidon at Isthmia as a built environment of rather large and complex units in contrast to the conventional interpretation of a series of small and unimportant structures.

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