Historical earthquake events have been researched and described on the basis of diverse geological traces. In this two-day International Workshop, experts from the disciplines of Archaeology, Archaeoseismology, Archaeological restoration, as well as ancient and modern construction technology can engage in an interdisciplinary exchange on damage patterns in ancient buildings.

In several archaeological investigations, the findings point to corresponding changes in technology and architecture of rebuilt or newly constructed structures after seismic damage events.

Already in antiquity faults in construction were a driving force in technological progress. Learning from these mistakes also meant developing measures that offered some protection against seismic impacts. From this knowledge about the knowledge of antique builders, the respective construction and construction methods and the connections between the different construction methods and the respective constructive behavior in seismic events can be established.

At an archaeological site are the original wall facades, the collapse profiles and the cracks in the Building represent unique traces. The monuments have the traces of seismic effects of the ancient earthquake are preserved. In cases of comparable construction techniques, antique buildings show similar damage patterns as can occur in recent quakes.

The spectrum of seismic traces to be covered in the workshop covers the entire range of case studies. In connection with a global dynamic involvement, the workshop considers and discusses not only the natural but also the human-induced factors.

Please register at l.pecchioli@campus.tu-berlin.de until 15.10.2018

Further information is available on the website of Historical Earthquakes


14:00 - 14:00
Welcome and introduction to the Workshop
Laura PecchioliTechnische Universität Berlin
Stephan G. SchmidHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
14:40 - 15:20
Stathis C. StirosPatras University, Greece
15:20 - 16:00
Donat FähSwiss Seismological Service - ETH Zürich, Switzerland
16:00 - 16:20
16:20 - 17:00
Miguel Ángel Rodríguez-PascuaIGME, Geological Survey of Spain, Spain
17:00 - 17:40
Benoît HellyService Régional de l’Archéologie, DRAC Lyon, France
Bruno HellyCentre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France
Alain Rideaud
17:40 - 18:30
19:30 - 21:30
Social Dinner
09:00 - 09:40
Klaus-G. HinzenUniversität zu Köln
09:40 - 10:20
Evidence of seismic damages on ancient Roman buildings at Ostia
Giovanni CangiITABC - CNR, Italy
Axel GeringHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Laura PecchioliTechnische Universität Berlin
10:20 - 11:00
Breaking the Myth through Interdisciplinarity
Simon JusseretThe University of Texas at Austin, USA
Manuel SintubinKatholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
11:00 - 11:20
11:20 - 12:00
Pia HannewaldRésonance Ingénieurs-Conseils SA, Switzerland
Pierino LestuzziRésonance Ingénieurs-Conseils SA, Switzerland
12:00 - 13:15
Closing remarks and conclusions
13:15 - 14:30