Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives by William S. Hanson, Ioana A. Oltean

By William S. Hanson, Ioana A. Oltean

Historical documents of vertical photos and satellite tv for pc photos received for different reasons (mainly declassified army reconnaissance) provide huge capability for archaeological and historic panorama examine. they supply a different perception into the nature of the panorama because it used to be over part a century in the past, prior to the harmful impression of later twentieth century improvement and in depth land use. they supply a top quality photographic list no longer purely of the panorama at the moment, yet provide the chance of the higher survival of is still reflecting its past heritage, even if take place as earthworks, cropmarks or soilmarks. those quite a few resources of images additionally provide a chance to envision from the air parts of Europe and past whose skies are nonetheless no longer open to standard archaeological aerial reconnaissance. millions of such pictures are held in records world wide, yet their examine power is going very mostly untapped. a main objective of this quantity is to attract to wider cognizance the lifestyles, scope and power entry to historic archival aerial and satellite tv for pc pictures, on the way to motivate their use in a number archaeological and panorama examine. by way of drawing awareness to this large archival source, offering examples of its profitable program to archaeological/landscape questions, and providing recommendation the way to entry and utilise the source, the quantity seeks to carry this fabric to wider cognizance, show its large power for archaeology, motivate its extra use and stimulate a brand new method of archaeological survey and the learn of panorama evolution across the world. ​

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This emphasis on oblique aerial photographs collected through observer-directed survey is also evident in textbooks, which invariably make use of oblique views (Wilson 2000). This in part reflects an understandable desire to emphasise the importance of an initially ‘new’, and then later under-valued, technique in the face of limited funding. Indeed, the coining of the term ‘aerial archaeology’ in part at least reflects the need to create identity and relevance, though it can also serve to encourage the development of a ghetto mentality.

In K. Brophy & D. ), From the air: Understanding aerial archaeology (pp. 91–116). Stroud: Tempus. Palmer, R. (2010). Uses of vertical photographs for archaeological studies in parts of lowland England. In D. Cowley, R. Standring, & M. ), Landscapes through the lens: Aerial photographs and the historic environment (pp. 43–54). Oxford: Oxbow. , & Cowley, D. (2010). Interpreting aerial images: Developing best practice. In M. Forte, S. Campana, & C. ), Space, time, place. Third international conference on remote sensing in archaeology (BAR, International Series 2118, pp.

These issues include the nature of finding aids, where they exist, the scale of photography and the appropriateness of photographs to the task in hand, such as time of year and conditions of, for example, vegetation cover. C. Cowley et al. Developing Best Practice in the Use of Historic Aerial Photographs The potential problems of inappropriate or ill-informed uses of aerial photographs have been commented on above. Here, aspects of work practice that may contribute to this area are discussed, including the understanding of scale and the general issue of matching source material to intended purpose.

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