Remote Sensing Archaeology
Only by capturing the whole picture and understanding the nature and scale of the threats to ancient sites across this region can we build the tools and strategies to effectively preserve and protect this vital and vibrant part of our shared human heritage. Our methodology provides a safe and rapid method of collecting data across vast regions. By inputting this information into an online database to a uniform standard, it can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world by relevant authorities/heritage professionals. This will significantly improve how we monitor, analyse and manage this cultural heritage for future generations.
Interpreting satellite imagery enables archaeologists to search for ancient sites across large areas and in places where it is not safe to work on the ground or where access is severely restricted (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen). Furthermore, aerial images reveal the ‘big picture’ of how sites interrelate and form complex social landscapes which transgress modern day boundaries and borders. From the macro to micro, with the development of high definition and high resolution imaging technologies, it is possible for trained specialists to distinguish ancient pits from modern looting holes; man-made spoil heaps from natural and geological forms.