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

By William S. Hanson, Ioana A. Oltean

Historical files of vertical pictures and satellite tv for pc photos received for different reasons (mainly declassified army reconnaissance) supply huge strength for archaeological and ancient panorama examine. they supply a special perception into the nature of the panorama because it used to be over part a century in the past, earlier than the harmful effect of later twentieth century improvement and extensive land use. they supply a top quality photographic list no longer purely of the panorama at the moment, yet provide the possibility of the higher survival of continues to be reflecting its prior historical past, even if happen as earthworks, cropmarks or soilmarks. those quite a few assets of images additionally provide a chance to envision from the air components of Europe and past whose skies are nonetheless no longer open to standard archaeological aerial reconnaissance. thousands and thousands of such pictures are held in records all over the world, yet their examine strength is going very mostly untapped. a major objective of this quantity is to attract to wider consciousness the life, scope and strength entry to old archival aerial and satellite tv for pc photos, so one can inspire their use in a number of archaeological and panorama learn. through drawing cognizance to this large archival source, supplying examples of its profitable software to archaeological/landscape questions, and providing recommendation easy methods to entry and utilise the source, the quantity seeks to carry this fabric to wider awareness, reveal its large power for archaeology, motivate its extra use and stimulate a brand new method of archaeological survey and the examine of panorama evolution the world over. ​

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Uk) Large parts of the globe have been swallowed up by expanding cities, and for these areas, early photographs are effectively the only source from which sites that are now beyond the reach of the archaeologist may be studied. C. Cowley et al. practices have destroyed archaeological sites wholesale and, again, the view from 50 or 60 years ago is priceless – it is the only means of recovering what has been lost to our understanding of the past. Survey is usually equated with flying in a small aircraft or walking across the ground, but probably the most effective means of survey, of discovering previously unrecorded sites and creating a basic record of them, remains existing aerial photographs.

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