Digital Geoarchaeology

New Techniques for Interdisciplinary Human-Environmental Research

  • Christoph Siart
  • Markus Forbriger
  • Olaf Bubenzer

Part of the Natural Science in Archaeology book series (ARCHAEOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Christoph Siart, Markus Forbriger, Olaf Bubenzer
    Pages 1-7 Open Access
  3. Spatial Analysis and Geographical Information Systems

  4. Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Felix Bachofer, Geraldine Quénéhervé, Christine Hertler, Liane Giemsch, Volker Hochschild, Michael Maerker
      Pages 123-138 Open Access
  5. Laser Scanning Applications

  6. Geophysical Methods and Data Fusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Apostolos Sarris, Tuna Kalayci, Ian Moffat, Meropi Manataki
      Pages 215-236 Open Access
    3. Katerina Theodorakopoulou, Yannis Bassiakos, Constantin Athanassas, Gerd Schukraft, Ingmar Holzhauer, Stefan Hecht et al.
      Pages 237-251
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-269

About this book


This book focusses on new technologies and multi-method research designs in the field of modern archaeology, which increasingly crosses academic boundaries to investigate past human-environmental relationships and to reconstruct palaeolandscapes. It aims at establishing the concept of Digital Geoarcheology as a novel approach of interdisciplinary collaboration situated at the scientific interface between classical studies, geosciences and computer sciences.  Among others, the book includes topics such as geographic information systems, spatiotemporal analysis, remote sensing applications, laser scanning, digital elevation models, geophysical prospecting, data fusion and 3D visualisation, categorized in four major sections. Each section is introduced by a general thematic overview and followed by case studies, which vividly illustrate the broad spectrum of potential applications and new research designs. Mutual fields of work and common technologies are identified and discussed from different scholarly perspectives. By stimulating knowledge transfer and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, Digital Geoarchaeology helps generate valuable synergies and contributes to a better understanding of ancient landscapes along with their forming processes.

Chapters 1, 2, 6, 8 and 14 are published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


3d Visualization Archaeology Digital Geoarchaeology Lanscape Reconstruction LiDAR Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction

Editors and affiliations

  • Christoph Siart
    • 1
  • Markus Forbriger
    • 2
  • Olaf Bubenzer
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Geography, Physical GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Geography, Physical GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Geography, Physical GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

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