Mavrovo Caving Project

Pontecorvo room (LNGS)

Pontecorvo room


Via Giovanni Acitelli 22 67100 Assergi (Italy)
Stefano Nisi (LNGS)

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.

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