Mavrovo Caving Project

chaired by Stefano Nisi (LNGS)
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 from to (Europe/Rome)
at LNGS ( Pontecorvo room )
Via Giovanni Acitelli 22 67100 Assergi (Italy)

INFN CHNet and LNGS present:

Mavrovo Caving Project

Speleological exploration and scientific research: a clear example of collaboration and multidisciplinarity

The idea of exploring the karst mountains of Macedonia, in particular those located in the Mavrovo National Park, was born by chance in 2016 after a conversation with a Macedonian friend who attended an introduction course to speleology, organized by the Centro di Speleologia Montelago. After an accurate analysis of satellite images, we immediately realized how the considered area shows a highly karst potential. Driven by an irrepressible curiosity, in summer 2016 during our first exploration all our hypothesis were confirmed. During the first mission, pursuing the indications of local speleologists, we explored important sites, forgotten by the local population, which turned out to be of enormous scientific interest. We have established important relationships with local and national authorities that allowed us to organize a second exploration in 2017, with a purely scientific aim. The seminar titled "Mavrovo Caving Project" aims to illustrate the investigations following the two expeditions and the preliminary and relevant obtained results.

Poster and pictures from Mavrovo Caving Project are attached here below.

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  • Wednesday, 6 December 2017
    • 10:00 - 10:10 Opening 10'
      Speaker: Alba Formicola (LNGS)
    • 10:10 - 10:20 Introduction 10'
      Speaker: Stefano Nisi (LNGS)
    • 10:20 - 10:40 Mavrovo Caving Project 20'
      Speakers: Alberto Di Fabio (Speleo Club Chieti, Italy), Daniele Ferranti (Centro Speleologia Montelago, Italy), Andrea Gianangeli (Centro Speleologia Montelago, Italy)
    • 10:40 - 11:20 Dating human bones from Macedonian village Tajmishte 40'
      Speaker: Michele Betti (Carlo Bo University, Urbino, Italy)
    • 11:20 - 11:40 Coffee break
    • 11:40 - 11:50 3D digital surveying of Melnichka Cave using Laser Scanner and Drone 10'
      Speaker: Matteo Tartaglini (Centro Speleologia Montelago, Italy)
    • 11:50 - 12:30 Sampling in the dark: biospeleological investigations in Macedonian caves 40'
      Speakers: Mattia Iannella (L'Aquila University, Italy), Ilaria Vaccarelli (CAI L'Aquila, Italy)