Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space

  • Douglas C. Comer
  • Michael J. Harrower

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 5)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management book sub series (BRIEFSARCHHERIT, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Historic Air and Spaceborne Imagery

  3. Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imagery

  4. SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar)

  5. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Arlen F. Chase, Diane Z. Chase, John F. Weishampel
      Pages 187-197
  6. Archaeological Site Detection and Modeling

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-276

About this book


Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space: In Observance of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention offers a concise overview of air and spaceborne imagery and related geospatial technologies tailored to the needs of archaeologists.  Leading experts including scientists involved in NASA’s Space Archaeology program provide technical introductions to five sections: 1) Historic Air and Spaceborne Imagery, 2) Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imagery, 3) Synthetic Aperture Radar, 4) Lidar, and 5) Archaeological Site Detection and Modeling.  Each of these five sections includes two or more case study applications that have enriched understanding of archaeological landscapes in regions including the Near East, East Asia, Europe, Meso- and North America.


Targeted to the needs of researchers and heritage managers as well as graduate and advanced undergraduate students, this volume conveys a basic technological sense of what is currently possible and, it is hoped, will inspire new pioneering applications. Particular attention is paid to the tandem goals of research (understanding) and archaeological heritage management (preserving) the ancient past. The technologies and applications presented can be used to characterize environments, detect archaeological sites, model sites and settlement patterns and, more generally, reveal the dialectic landscape-scale dynamics among ancient peoples and their social and environmental surroundings.  In light of contemporary economic development and resultant damage to and destruction of archaeological sites and landscapes, reflexively nurturing advances in applications of air and spaceborne technologies in archaeology is a matter of wide utility and a particularly appropriate goal at the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.



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Authors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Comer
    • 1
  • Michael J. Harrower
    • 2
  1. 1.Heritage Mgmt (ICAHM)Int Committee on ArchaeologicalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2., Near Eastern StudiesJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6073-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6074-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4910
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