Articial cavities around the world are underground structures, classified based on their type, use and historical period. People are their speleo-genetic factor.

Topics of the thematic sessions

  • Ancient underground hydraulic works
  • Rock-cut settlement works
  • Underground Religious and cult works
  • Mining/extraction works
  • Underground Architecture and urban planning
  • Artificial cavities as a possible geological risk factor
  • New technologies for analyzing and documenting the artificial cavities
  • Categories and types of artificial cavities: updates
  • War works
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The Centro Studi Sotterranei, under the patronage of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie, the support of the Italian Speleological Society and in collaboration with the Hypogea Federation and UIS Artificial Cavities Commission and the Ligurian Speleological Delegation organize in Genoa (Italy) on 29 September / 1 October 2023 the 4th International Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities “Hypogea2023

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Organizing segretariat: Marina Barbieri

General secretariat and registrations: Stefano Saj – Carla Galeazzi

Editorial board (proceedings): Stefano Saj, Carla Galeazzi – Michele Betti, Francesco Faccini, Paolo Madonia



Abstract submission: 30 April
Final paper submission: 30 June
Early bird registration: 31 May
Normal rate registration: 15 September
Registration possible on site: 29 and 30 September

Genoa, 29 September / 1 October 2023

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Stemma Comune di Genova Stemma Regione Liguria Università degli Studi di Genova Logo patrocinio Unesco Logo INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Logo IRPI - Istituto di ricerca per la protezione idrogeologica Logo Ordine degli Architetti Logo Ordine Regionale dei Geologi della Liguria Logo Ordine Ingenegneri Genova Logo Federazione Associazioni Acquedotto Storico di Genova

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