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Searching data for supporting archaeo-landscapes in Cyprus: an overview of aerial, satellite, and cartographic datasets of the island
Author(s): Athos Agapiou; Vasiliki Lysandrou; Kyriakos Themistocleous; Argyro Nisantzi; Rosa Lasaponara; Nicola Masini; Thomas Krauss; Daniele Cerra; Ursula Gessner; Gunter Schreier; Diofantos Hadjimitsis
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Paper Abstract

The landscape of Cyprus is characterized by transformations that occurred during the 20th century, with many of such changes being still active today. Landscapes’ changes are due to a variety of reasons including war conflicts, environmental conditions and modern development that have often caused the alteration or even the total loss of important information that could have assisted the archaeologists to comprehend the archaeo-landscape.

The present work aims to provide detailed information regarding the different existing datasets that can be used to support archaeologists in understanding the transformations that the landscape in Cyprus undergone, from a remote sensing perspective. Such datasets may help archaeologists to visualize a lost landscape and try to retrieve valuable information, while they support researchers for future investigations. As such they can further highlight in a predictive manner and consequently assess the impacts of landscape transformation -being of natural or anthropogenic cause- to cultural heritage.

Three main datasets are presented here: aerial images, satellite datasets including spy satellite datasets acquired during the Cold War, and cadastral maps. The variety of data is provided in a chronological order (e.g. year of acquisitions), while other important parameters such as the cost and the accuracy are also determined. Individual examples of archaeological sites in Cyprus are also provided for each dataset in order to underline both their importance and performance. Also some pre- and post-processing remote sensing methodologies are briefly described in order to enhance the final results. The paper within the framework of ATHENA project, dedicated to remote sensing archaeology/CH, aims to fill a significant gap in the recent literature of remote sensing archaeology of the island and to assist current and future archaeologists in their quest for remote sensing information to support their research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9688, Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2016), 96881W (12 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241973
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Athos Agapiou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Vasiliki Lysandrou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Kyriakos Themistocleous, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Argyro Nisantzi, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Rosa Lasaponara, National Research Council (Italy)
Nicola Masini, National Research Council (Italy)
Thomas Krauss, DLR (Germany)
Daniele Cerra, DLR (Germany)
Ursula Gessner, DLR (Germany)
Gunter Schreier, DLR (Germany)
Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9688:
Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2016)
Kyriacos Themistocleous; Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Silas Michaelides; Giorgos Papadavid, Editor(s)

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