Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology

Archaeology in the Age of Sensing

  • Maurizio Forte
  • Stefano Campana

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Data Collection and Technology

  3. Image and Digital Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
  4. Landscape Representation and Scales

  5. Simulation, Visualization and Computing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Devin A. White
      Pages 323-346
  6. Interpretation and Discussion

  7. Cultural Resource Management: Communication and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Riccardo Olivito, Emanuele Taccola, Niccolò Albertini
      Pages 475-494
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 495-496

About this book


​​This volume debuts the new scope of Remote Sensing, which was first defined as the analysis of data collected by sensors that were not in physical contact with the objects under investigation (using cameras, scanners, and radar systems operating from spaceborne or airborne platforms). A wider characterization is now possible: Remote Sensing can be any  non-destructive approach to viewing the buried and nominally invisible evidence of past activity. Spaceborne and airborne sensors, now supplemented by laser scanning, are united using ground-based geophysical instruments and undersea remote sensing, as well as other non-invasive techniques such as surface collection or field-walking survey. Now, any  method that enables observation of evidence on or beneath the surface of the earth, without impact on the surviving stratigraphy, is legitimately within the realm of Remote Sensing. ​The new interfaces and senses engaged in Remote Sensing appear throughout the book. On a philosophical level, this is about the landscapes and built environments that reveal history through place and time. It is about new perspectives—the views of history possible with Remote Sensing and fostered in part by immersive, interactive 3D and 4D environments discussed in this volume. These perspectives are both the result and the implementation of technological, cultural, and epistemological advances in record keeping, interpretation, and conceptualization. Methodology presented here builds on the current ease and speed in collecting data sets on the scale of the object, site, locality, and landscape. As this volume shows, many disciplines surrounding archaeology and related cultural studies are currently involved in Remote Sensing, and its relevance will only increase as the methodology expands. 


CyberArchaeology GIS Geoarchaeology & Landscape Studies Geophysics Data Remote Sensing Data Statistical Models in Archaeology sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurizio Forte
    • 1
  • Stefano Campana
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke University Dept of Classical StudiesDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Archaeology & Art HistoryUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40656-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40658-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-0956
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-0964
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