ARSF - Flight MC04/22: Crete, Palekastro and Itanos areas
ARSF project MC04/22: Pilot Study to Evaluate the Potential of Airborne Multi-Sensor Imaging for the Exploration of Ancient Settlements on the Island of Crete. PI: Aled Rowlands. Site: Palekastro, Itanos.
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In order to preserve our archaeological heritage it is imperative to map the spatial extent of buried as well as exposed ancient structures. This proposal seeks to utilise extensive existing geophysical and surface surveys combined with ground spectro-radiometer and soil temperature data to evaluate the degree to which the CASI, ATM and LiDAR sensors can identify buried/obscured archaeological structures at two adjacent sites on the island of Crete. Fundamental to this proposal is the hypothesis that buried archaeological features will result in anomalies in the characteristics of the overlying soil and vegetation, which can be detected through the CASI, ATM and/or LiDAR sensors. All three sensors are critical to test this hypothesis in order that imagery is acquired over the desired spectral range and to permit the production of a digital terrain model. Particular attention will be devoted to the study of the near and shortwave infrared and thermal channels to monitor for anomalies that could relate to buried features. Imagery will be integrated within a Geographical Information System (GIS) in order to interpret the data. The multi-disciplinary research team comprises of archaeologists as well as remote sensing specialists, which is considered essential in order to correctly interpret the data.
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