A Window for the Hidden Past: Revealing Architectural Remains Based on Field Spectroscopy Data Analysis

  • Athos AgapiouEmail author
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 16)


Field spectroscopy is the quantitative measurement of the radiance, irradiance, reflectance, or transmission in the field. It is principally used to understand the interaction of different materials based on electromagnetic radiation. Although field spectroscopy has been systematically exploited for the calibration of remote sensing sensors, nowadays spectroscopy is being used for a variety of remote sensing applications. This chapter aims to provide an overview of the potential use of field spectroscopy for supporting archaeological research. The overview is based on examples and applications from different archaeological environments in the eastern Mediterranean basin, specifically targeted for the detection of underground architectural remains. As is demonstrated in this chapter, field spectroscopy uses hyperspectral signatures to validate or calibrate the space-borne or airborne images, while at the same time spectroscopy may assist in better understanding of the interaction of the electromagnetic radiation with the different targets and therefore in developing new algorithms to support future archaeological applications.


Ground spectroscopy Remote sensing archaeology Crop marks Buried archaeological remains 



The results presented here are in part from the Ph.D. thesis of the author as well from other research projects. Thanks are given to the Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering & Geomatics at the Cyprus University of Technology for the support ( as well to Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis for his continued support. Thanks also are given to my colleague Dr. Dimitrios Alexakis. Acknowledgments also are given to Dr. Apostolos Sarris and Dr. Nikos Papadopoulos from the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research & Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.). Sincere thanks to my colleague Dr. Vasiliki Lysandrou for her fruitful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Faculty of Engineering and TechnologyCyprus University of TechnologyLimassolCyprus

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