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Archaeological prospection based on satellite QuickBird imagery
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Paper Abstract

Can the satellite QuickBird data detect buried archaeological remains and provide an effective spatial characterization of them? To answer this question, the capability of satellite QuickBird imagery for the identification of archaeological marks is herein tested for two test sites located in the South of Italy. The investigations were performed using a semi-automatic algorithm specifically developed for the detection of linear alignments. Results from our analyses showed that QuickBird images can represent a valuable data-source for archaeological investigations, ranging from small details to synoptic view. In particular, landscape archaeology can especially benefit from satellite images because such data can place local field studies within a regional context, can be promptly updated at low cost for large area, and can be directly imported into a GIS environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6366, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VI, 63660X (11 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.683087
Show Author Affiliations
Rosa Lasaponara, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, IMAA-CNR (Italy)
Nicola Masini, Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali, IBAM-CNR (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6366:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VI
Manfred Ehlers; Ulrich Michel, Editor(s)

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