State of Knowledge and Current Debates
Aerial archaeology (AA) uses photographs, and other kinds of image acquisition, in archaeological field research. It involves taking photographs of the land from above, examining them for pertinent information, interpreting the images seen there and making the resulting data available in a variety of forms to develop archaeological knowledge about past people and the conservation of archaeological sites and landscapes (Bewley and Rączkowski 2002).
Why Can We See Variety Types of Sites?
Since people first learnt to fly, it has been appreciated that traces of early human activity can be observed from the air, recognized from their curved or linear shapes. Humans have always exploited and adapted the environment to their own needs. The surface of the ground has been disturbed and altered by generations of previous occupants, who have dug into it to create foundations, ditches and pits, and raised structures upon it, in the form of stone buildings or...
- Bewley, R., and W. Rączkowski, eds. 2002. Aerial archaeology. Developing future practice. Amsterdam: IOS Press.Google Scholar
- Brophy, K., and D. Cowley, eds. 2005. From the air: Understanding aerial archaeology. Stroud: Tempus.Google Scholar
- Cowley, D.C., R.A. Standring, and M.J. Abicht, eds. 2010. Landscapes through the lens. Aerial photographs and historic environment. Oxford: Oxbow Books.Google Scholar
- Cowley, D.C., C. Moriaty, G. Geddes, G.L. Brown, T. Wade, and C.J. Nichol. 2018. UAVs in context: Archaeological airborne recording in a national body of survey and record. Drones, (in press).Google Scholar
- Crutchley, S., and P. Crow. 2009. The light fantastic: Using airborne laser scanning in archaeological survey. Swindon: English Heritage.Google Scholar
- Doneus, M., and C. Briese. 2011. Airborne laser scanning in forested areas – Potential and limitations of an archaeological prospection technique. In Remote sensing for archaeological heritage management, ed. D. Cowley, 59–76. Budapest: Archaeolingua.Google Scholar
- Hanson, W.S., and I.A. Oltean, eds. 2013. Archaeology from historical aerial and satellite archives. New York/London: Springer.Google Scholar
- Kokalj, Ž., and R. Hesse. 2017. Airborne laser scanning raster data visualization: A guide to good practice. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.Google Scholar
- Masini, N., and R. Lasaponara, eds. 2012. Satellite remote sensing. A new tool for archaeology. Dordrecht: Springer.Google Scholar
- Parcak, S.H. 2009. Satellite remote sensing for archaeology. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
- RCHME. 1960. A matter of time: An archaeological survey. London: HMSO.Google Scholar
- Stewart, C. 2017. Detection of archaeological residues in vegetated areas using satellite synthetic aperture radar. Remote Sensing 9(2): 118, 1–45. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9020118.
- Stichelbaut, B., and D. Cowley, eds. 2016. Conflict landscapes and archaeology from above. Farnham: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Verhoeven, G., and C. Sevara. 2016. Trying to break new ground in aerial archaeology. Remote Sensing 8 (918): 1–29.Google Scholar
- Wilson, D.R. 1982. Air photo interpretation for archaeologists. London: Batsford.Google Scholar