Prof. Dr. Natascha Sojc – Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi – Dr. Annalize Rheeder – Dr. Sebastian Gairhos


A Geoinformation System for Roman Augsburg (ArcGIS, Access, AutoCad)


The Roman city of Augusta Vindelicum is barely visible today since it is covered by the modern city of Augsburg. Our knowledge of the vicus and later municipium is based mainly on rescue excavations conducted by the Stadtarchäologie Augsburg (City Archaeology Department of Augsburg) during construction projects. The volume of data collected is tremendous. A single excavation can generate over 1.000 drawings. Traditional mapping methods are not able to handle the volume of information. However, recent developments in digital data management and geographic information systems (GIS) are providing new opportunities.


The Digital Mapping Project (AugustaGIS)


The project undertaken by the University of Augsburg aims to develop a geoinformation system (GIS) for the Roman city. The investigation is conducted in close cooperation with the City Archaeology Department of Augsburg. Beside GIS a database has been created in order to collect, manage and analyse the information on the ancient features and finds with a special focus on urbanistic markers like streets, drainage, city walls and cemeteries. The spatial data is georeferenced and vector shapes are created. Each feature is recorded with an own ID and with the available attribute data (material, function, time period etc.) to enable further investigation.




  • Case study "AugustaGIS" during excercise course "GIS for Archaeology" (Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, Winter semester 2022/2023)
  • Case study "AugustaGIS" during Proseminar and excercise courses "Digital Archaeology" (Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, Summer semester 2022)
  • Excursion „City archaeology tour to the Roman Augsburg“ with Dr. Sebastian Gairhos (Dr. Lisa Götz, Winter semester 2021/2022)
  • Internship “Investigating and documenting the Roman architecture of Augsburg in the digital age“ (Dr. Annalize Rheeder, Winter semester 2015/2016)


  • “Rethinking Augsburg through Remote Sensing and Spatial Analyses” in Altertumswissenschaftliches Kolloquium (Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, 7 February 2023)
  • “From analog and legacy data to the digital geonumismatic database of the AugustaGIS” poster for CAA 2022 Inside Information (Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, Stefan Reuter, Dr. Annalize Rheeder, Dr. Sebastian Gairhos, Prof. Dr. Natascha Sojc, 8-11 August 2022)
  • „Remote sensing and the environs of Augsburg – preliminary investigations" (guest researcher Dr. Luigi Magnini and Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, 19 July 2022)
  • „Materiell / Digital: Römisches Kulturerbe in Augsburg und das Geo-Informationssystem AugustaGIS“ – in the series of talks on „Stadtgeschichte(n) Live@Home: Die Gegenwart der Vergangenheit in Augsburg“ by the Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum of the University of Augsburg (Prof. Dr. Natascha Sojc, 30 November 2021)
  • Mapping Roman Augsburg (Dr. Annalize Rheeder, 23 July 2019)

Related projects

  • "AugustaGIS: coins as a proxy of urban development" (Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, 2023)
  • "Sensing the near-site and off-side of Aelia Augsta: a digital approach" (Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi with Dr. Luigi Magnini, 2022)
Selected publications concerning the research project